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Nikki Haley Was Not a Fan of Hillary Clinton's Grammy's Appearance

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 29, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 29, 2018 |


Last night at the Grammys, Hillary Clinton appeared in a surprise cameo to read an excerpt from Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.

The Grammy’s loved the moment, and in the context of our reality-show era, I loved it, too.

Nikki Haley, however, did not:

There’s plenty in that tweet that I take issue with, specifically the idea that music and politics should be treated separately. It’s like saying that burritos are delicious, but why did you have to bring guacamole into this? Politics is a huge driving force in music. Twitter, as expected, let her have it:

That was not a smart thing to say, especially because she was not entirely wrong to be upset about Hillary reading from Fire and Fury. I mean, it was a funny, crowd-pleasing moment, but if I am Nikki Haley, I might be upset about it, too, because here’s the most recognizable woman in politics reading from a book written by an author who suggested, without any evidence whatsoever, that Donald Trump was having an affair with Nikki Haley. That suggestion is trashy.

I don’t think that Hillary Clinton meant anything by it — she was just having a fun moment at Donald Trump’s expense — but I understand why Nikki Haley might have felt hurt. But to suggest politics and music should not commingle was the worst way to respond to that. A better tweet might have been, “It’s unfortunate that Hillary Clinton — no stranger to scurrilous, baseless rumors about her personal life — would read from a book written by a man who has perpetuated hurtful, baseless rumors about me.” To that, the Internet probably would have responded, “That’s awfully hypocritical coming from someone in the Trump White House, but yeah. Fair. I see your point.”

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