A 9-year-old boy almost left GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley speechless after he brazenly confronted her for flip-flopping on issues concerning former President Donald Trump.
The 9-year-old boy, during a town hall meeting, called Haley a “flip-flopper” and the new John Kerry straight to her face.
“Chris Christie thinks that you’re a flip-flopper on Donald Trump issue and honestly, I agree with him,” the kid, who is in fourth grade, said. “You’re basically the new John Kerry, if you remember John Kerry from 2004. So my question is, how — how can you be — how can you change your opinion on that in just eight years, and will you pardon Donald Trump?”
The 9-year-old question drew wild laughter from attendees before bursting into huge applause for the kid’s question.
Halley responded, saying she was proud of the kid for coming to listen to her.
“I, for one, am very proud of you for coming, and very proud of you for listening, and very proud of you for asking that question,” Haley said to the kid. “So the first thing I’ll tell you is that politics is about distraction, right? And so people like my friend Chris Christie are going to say, ‘she’s a flip-flopper. But let’s look at it. What is he saying I’m flip-flopping on? He’s basically saying that I’m not hitting Trump hard enough, right? The interesting part of this whole situation is anti-Trumpers think I don’t hate him enough and pro-Trumpers think I don’t love him enough.”
Haley added that former New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie is obsessed with Trump while she, on the other hand, is thinking bigger than the former president. Haley told the 9-year-old that she is telling her truth just like he is telling his before sending the crowd into another fit of laughter when she told the little kid “I’m no John Kerry.”
Haley said she would pardon because not doing so would only keep the country further divided.
“I would pardon Trump. And the reason is, first of all, we don’t know what they’re going to find — innocent, guilty, any of that, and we want everybody to be innocent until proven guilty,” Haley said. “But the second thing is, if he is found guilty, a leader needs to think about what’s in the best interest of the country. What’s in the best interest of the country is not to have an 80-year-old man sitting in jail, that continues to divide our country. What’s in the best interest of the country would be to pardon him so that we can move on as a country and no longer talk about him.”