Nikki Haley recently learned why it’s always a risk to engage children on the campaign trail. In a hilarious exchange that is now going viral, a little girl managed to own the former UN ambassador and South Carolina governor, inadvertently or not.
Haley told the girl, “I love your cap,” probably because she was wearing Nikki Haley’s campaign merchandise. This was the response:
.@NikkiHaley to nine-year-old girl in a “Nikki Haley” hat: “I love your hat.”
Nine-year-old girl: “Thanks, one of your guys gave it to me for free.” pic.twitter.com/06q87wube5
— Sarah Dean (@sarahmdean95) November 20, 2023
Someone should give that girl a shirt for free and a ticket to attend the next candidate’s event. If there’s anything this presidential primary lacks, it’s more of that. This article is not meant to be a criticism of Haley. Although I have my concerns about some of the things she has proposed and she is not my first choice, I do not dislike her personally. Anyone who watches that video and doesn’t laugh should check to see if they are still alive.
This is also a good reminder that a lot of what we witness during these campaigns is fake and manufactured. This is true for all candidates. All of these events, including rallies and fundraising, are merely a means towards an end. Their importance is greatly exaggerated. Tens of millions vote in primaries, and over 100 million votes in general elections. The last few cycles have shown that a thousand people gathered in one room does not mean anything. It’s a small fraction of the voter turnout.
Haley’s campaign has been heavily criticized for being donor-driven. That’s not something I can confirm. Just stating that perception. This little girl didn’t do her any favors by calling out the woman. All in good humor, of course.