Conservative commentator Ann Coulter on Wednesday heaped scorn on Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) for reportedly endorsing Marco Rubio’s GOP presidential campaign.
Hey South Carolina! The woman who ripped down your Confederate symbols & demands no pause in Muslim immigration just endorsed Mario Rubio.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 17, 2016
Nikki Haley endorses Rubio. Bc the 1 thing she is determined to do is replace those awful sons of the Confederacy with Bangledeshi migrants— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) February 17, 2016
Reports emerged Wednesday that Haley will formally back Rubio’s White House run in an evening announcement, three days before her state’s GOP presidential primary.
Haley's blessing is especially coveted, given that she earned national praise last year for her handling of a mass shooting in Charleston, S.C., and subsequent debate over her state’s displays of the Confederate battle flag.
Coulter’s barbs Wednesday are not the first time the right-wing media personality has lashed out at Haley. She swung hard at the governor last month, suggesting her immigration policies merit deportation.
“Trump should deport Nikki Haley,” she tweeted on Jan. 12, referencing Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpGeorge W. Bush: 'I don’t like the racism’ Trump budget may cut State dept. anti-Semitism positions: report Trump: It’s ‘better’ I skip WH dinner MORE.
“Nikki Haley says ‘welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of religion,” Coulter added. "Translation – let in all the Muslims.”
Coulter unleashed her ire on Rubio earlier this month, criticizing the freshman senator’s inexperience.
“When Fox News, National Review and the Washington establishment come to you and say, ‘Wouldn’t you prefer that nice Cuban boy? He wears nice high heels, and true, he has no experience and big ears, but we’ve had great luck with that,’ ” she said at a Trump campaign event in Milford, N.H., on Feb. 2. "What will you say to the Washington establishment? 'No, I don’t think so.' "