In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama was critical of those whose strong rhetoric may reflect anger in the political process. While he did not mention Donald Trump or Ted Cruz by name, many people had little doubt he was referring to them and other conservative Republicans.
When a State of the Union address is given, the opposing party is given an opportunity to have an official response. In this case, the person chosen to give the response was Nicki Haley, the Republican governor of South Carolina. Much of what she said was a strong Republican contrast to the President.
However, to many people's shock and amazement, she also was critical of people in her own party, mirroring the President's comments about "the angriest voices in America." While she did not mention Trump or Cruz by name, when asked afterwards she said she was referring to Trump. She also said her comments were approved by Republican leadership Ryan and McConnell.
According to Rush Limbaugh, as reported by Newsmax, Haley's address was "almost absolute proof … that the Republican Party's trying to drive conservatives out of the party."
Governor Mike Huckabee, another Republican presidential contender, very much agreed with Rush, saying on "The Steve Malzberg Show" that Haley should have fully concentrated on tearing into the commander-in-chief’s speech instead of alienating her fellow Republican, who remains the runaway Republican presidential front-runner.
"I'm not sure why she needed to do that because it very well could be Donald Trump may be the nominee and if he is, then we need to unite behind him," Huckabee said Wednesday.