On Monday, Nikki Haley, the newest contender for the Republican 2024 presidential candidacy, responded to the latest attack against her from “The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, who claimed Monday that she is not part of a “new generation” because of her age.
During a segment on “The View,” Goldberg played a clip of Haley calling for a new generation of leadership in Washington, D.C., before saying, “You’re not a new generation, you’re 51.” Goldberg’s comments came just days after CNN host Don Lemon was accused of making sexist remarks last week while discussing Haley’s age, saying that she wasn’t in her “prime.”
Haley joined “The Story” to discuss the media attention and various attacks she’s been receiving after her announcement that she plans to challenge former President Trump for the GOP nomination.
“It’s not new,” Haley said. “This happened when I ran for governor. I’ve had this all my life. When I was first elected governor, there were some minority Democrats that said ‘she’s not a minority, she’s just a conservative with a tan.’ They will come at me with everything. But none of that fazes me,” she told anchor Martha MacCallum.
Haley said she was prepared to become a prime target of liberal media but said she wasn’t expecting her age to become a major target for the attacks, adding, “If my age is all they have, it means we’re winning … I’m okay with that.”
Goldberg’s comments came after fellow “View” co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin noted that Haley was part of a new generation compared to the age of a lot of politicians in D.C.
Goldberg responded, “It’s not a new generation. She may be younger than most of those people, but her rhetoric is the same. She’s saying the same BS.”
On the same day that Goldberg made the remark, Lemon was put on a hiatus from his own show as a result of his comments.
Lemon’s offending comment came while he pushed back against Haley’s call for politicians over 75-years-old to undergo annual mental competency tests.
Lemon took issue with Haley’s suggestion, saying, “This whole talk about age makes me uncomfortable. I think it’s the wrong road to go down. She says people, you know, politicians are suddenly not in their prime. Nikki Haley isn’t in her prime. Sorry, when a woman is considered to be in her prime in 20s and 30s and maybe 40s.”
The comment garnered intense backlash and prompted calls for Lemon’s firing. Although the CNN host apologized to his colleagues on Friday, an insider told Fox News that he has no plans to return to air any earlier than Tuesday, adding that he is “taking the holiday” Monday and that his return to the show depends on “where his head is at.”
Haley also addressed claims made over the weekend during a racially charged interview on MSNBC Sunday night in which she was accused of using “her Brown skin to launder White supremacist talking points.”
Haley said the comment further exposes the mainstream media’s hypocrisy, noting how then-Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris was lauded for running as a woman of color, while Haley, a member of the Indian American community, is being attacked for using her “Brown skin” to score political points.
“The problem is, it’s just the hypocrisy of all of it. If Republicans said this about a Democrat candidate, they would have lost their minds,” Haley said. “Everybody would have been asking for everybody to be fired. It would have been all of this. So … this is one more example of how hypocritical the liberals are. They’re very quick to judge. They’re very quick to throw stones. But when it comes back at them, they act like we’re the ones that are bad. I think they’re really showing themselves for what they are.”
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