Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina delivered the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Jan. 12, in which she appeared to take some veiled shots at her party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump (video below).
In her speech, Haley recalled how she was the child of Indian immigrants and how immigrants come to America for a better life.
“Today, we live in a time of threats, like few others in recent memory," Haley said. "During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the silent call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”
Haley said that she opposed open borders and undocumented immigration but added that immigrants should not be discriminated against based on their religion, which contradicts Trump's call for temporarily banning Muslims from the U.S.
In response to Haley, conservative pundit Ann Coulter unleashed a flurry of angry Tweets:
"Trump should deport Nikki Haley."
"There is no way to 'properly vet' -- as Nikki Haley says -- the 680k immigrants from Muslim countries we let in every 5 years."
"All the Somali refugees who became terrorists AFTER they arrived also pass Haley's test."
Trump slammed Haley during an appearance on "Fox and Friends" on Jan. 13 by calling her "very weak on illegal immigration," notes Mediate.com.
The billionaire added that Haley had asked him for a "hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions" over the years.
Trump also plugged himself by saying that he had a "massive lead" in South Carolina.