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GOP South Carolina Gov. Criticizes Trump's Rhetoric

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina criticized GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump June 2 for his rhetoric.

During an interview with The Associated Press, Haley recalled how divisive rhetoric led to the mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June 2015, which then made her think of Trump.

"I know what that rhetoric can do," Haley said. "I saw it happen."

Haley also spoke about Trump supporters whom she insisted are not racists or haters.

"That’s a different kind of anger," Haley added. "They’re upset with Washington, D.C. They’re upset nothing’s got done. The way he communicates that, I wish were different."

Haley also spoke about removing the Confederate flag from the Statehouse’s front lawn after the mass shooting in 2015, and the people who opposed taking it down.

"I don’t think they’re bad people," Haley stated. "I think they really were focused on heritage and sacrifice, but I think when that murderer kidnapped their flag and held it with hate and killed those people, there was just no other option."

Historian Ken Burns told MSNBC in 2015 that the Confederate flag is not about heritage, but rather about the Confederate Army fighting for slavery during the Civil War and the opposition to the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s and '60s.

Meanwhile, Trump told radio host Michael Savage June 1 that, if he is elected president, one of his first acts will be calling U.S. allies and demanding payment for U.S. military protection, reports Right Wing Watch:

I'd contact countries and I'd say folks, we love protecting you, we want to continue protecting you, but they're not living up to their bargains. We're talking about billions and billions of dollars, Michael, numbers that you wouldn't even believe, but they're not living up to their bargain. And we cannot continue to be the policeman for the world. Now, I don't mind, but they have to pay, they have to pay.

If you look at the NATO countries, they're not living up to what they're supposed to be living up to. They're not paying what they're supposed to be paying which is very little, by the way. So [...] are we supposed to get into World War III over a country that doesn’t respect us enough to even pay what they’re supposed to be paying?

Sources: The Associated Press via the Post and Courier, Right Wing Watch, MSNBC / Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Wikimedia

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