Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump's former ambassador to the United Nations, accused Democratic leaders of mourning the death of Iran's Qassem Soleimani.
Haley, who served in her capacity as UN ambassador for a little less than two years before resigning at the end of 2018, offered no basis for her claims.
In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Jan. 6, Haley praised Trump's actions to take out Soleimani with a drone strike of his vehicle near the airport outside Baghdad. While the world knows that he was "evil," Haley said, she accused top Democrats of grieving his loss.
"You don't see anyone standing up for Iran. You are not hearing any of the Gulf members, you are not hearing China, you are not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and our Democrat presidential candidates."
Haley also tweeted her baseless statement:
“The only ones mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership and Democrat Presidential candidates.” https://t.co/IZJJqpxkBE— Nikki Haley (@Nikki Haley)1578364868.0
The pushback against Haley's lies was immediate.
This is categorically false. The former Governor of South Caroline, former Ambassador to the United Nations & curre… https://t.co/QYkAwAxJAc— Stephanie Ruhle (@Stephanie Ruhle)1578399427.0
@Arkenor @SRuhle Boeing was responsible for 236 deaths before grounding their planes. I don't think they care too m… https://t.co/LAftXJzC8Z— Brittany (@Brittany)1578400048.0
One of those calling Haley out for lying was author Stephen King.
In response to an assessment of Haley's false statements by David Rothkopf...
Haley reveals herself once again to be nothing more than an extremist hack & just one more voice shouting to the wo… https://t.co/QQC0KoHuEL— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1578408671.0
"What a stupid woman. Dem candidates aren't mourning him, but they are questioning the cost-benefit ratio, as is their right and duty as Americans standing for office."
What a stupid woman. Dem candidates aren’t mourning him, but they are questioning the cost-benefit ratio, as is the… https://t.co/VCeMdHNZ2h— Stephen King (@Stephen King)1578418176.0
People concurred with the Maineiac author's assessment.
@Bakkila @StephenKing What part of that confuses you? Here genius: https://t.co/eZbvV2jcCe— Drake Delete *.* Drakemas (@Drake Delete *.* Drakemas)1578418334.0
And some asked a question many others are also asking:
@StephenKing I love your books! This is way scarier than anything you could make up! How can we stop it before it's too late?— The Republicrat (@The Republicrat)1578446063.0
Haley later attempted to justify her false statements.
On Tuesday night reports surfaced that Iran made their first response to the political assassination of Soleimani which involved attacks against American forces in Iraq. Hopefully the next steps will focus on a peaceful resolution and not an escalation of hostilities.