South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley delivered a State of the Union response that resonated with some moderate Republicans and Democrats. However, the statements touched a raw nerve among the conservative right. The response criticized presidential frontrunner and fellow Republican Donald Trump. The speech epitomized the anxiety created by Trump's dominance.

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter posted sensational tweets during Haley's response speech saying, "Trump should deport Nikki Haley." Coulter went on to say, "Nikki Haley says 'welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of religion.' Translation: let in all the Muslims." However, Haley's speech attracted praise from former Obama adviser David Axelrod who tweeted: "Really effective speech by @nikkihaley.

Avoided the Response to SOTU curse."

Nikki also took aim at Barack Obama by referring to the unaffordable health care plan, rampant nationwide unrest, and massive national debt. This is against the backdrop of Obama's final State of the Union address punctuated by a clear rebuke of forces behind Donald Trump's ascendency.Haley took a swipe at Trump, saying anxious times can tempt people to heed the siren call of the angriest voices. The South Carolina Governor urged people to resist that temptation.

When she turned to immigration, Haley urged Americans to protect borders and remain true to local legacies without undermining the rights of immigrants willing to work hard and abide with local laws.

Nikki Haley has hardly been a civil rights crusader throughout her tenure as South Carolina governor. She was elected and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, respectively. However, over time her views began to change. This is in part due to a tragic incident when 21-year-old white supremacist Dylann Roof shot and killed nine churchgoers at a prayer service held at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

The governor also lambasted the fact that people from different walks of life tend to equate noise with results. She said, “Some people think that you have to be the loudest voice in the room to make a difference. That is just not true. Often, the best thing we can do is turn down the volume. When the sound is quieter, you can actually hear what someone else is saying, and that can make a world of difference.“

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