Nikki Haley dodges question about Trump’s sexual assault verdict
Nikki Haley still seems to have her way when it comes to Donald Trump.
Although the ex-president is Haley’s rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, she refused to attack him during an appearance on CBS “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
Asked whether Trump would be held liable for sexual abuse and defamation, the former South Carolina governor feigned support for the victims while awkwardly defending the “defendants.”
“Do you think it undermines your party if the Republican nominee is someone who has just been found guilty of sexually abusing a woman?” asked host Margaret Brennan.
“I’ve always said that anyone who feels they have been sexually abused in any way should come forward and make their voices heard,” Haley replied.
She quickly switched to the other side of the situation, adding, “I think anyone who is accused should be able to defend themselves.”
“I wasn’t on the jury. I’m not the judge,” Haley continued. “I think the voice of both was heard. There was a verdict and there was even an appeal.”
Haley’s ambivalent response prompted Brennan to ask, “Are you questioning the legal findings?”
“No,” Haley said. “I said there’s a verdict. And I think there was an objection. And I think it is where it is. And I think the American people have to make a decision based on that.”
Trump’s legal team filed an appeal Thursday, just two days after he was ordered to pay writer E. Jean Carroll $5 million in the case.
Despite losing the sentence, the former businessman has continued to publicly attack Carroll.
During a CNN town hall event last Wednesday, he taunted her, telling an audience of supporters: “I have no idea who the hell [she is].”