Haley Obliterates Sexist Michael Wolff’s ‘Disgusting,’ ‘Highly Offensive’ Rumors About Sleeping With Trump

In a Politico podcast released on Friday morning, U.S. Ambassador for the United Nations, Nikki Haley, tore into Trump gossip book author Michael Wolff’s “disgusting,” “highly offensive,” and sexist rumor that alleged without evidence that she’s been sleeping with President Trump. Haley deemed Wolff’s behavior to be a “rampant” pattern spreading “lies” “for money and power.”

Haley passionately spoke with Politico reporter Eliana Johnson about it for over four minutes, adding that this notion that women sleep their way to power is something that men and women should “stand up and say this is wrong.” As for herself personally, Haley stated that such rumors “only makes me fight” and “work harder.” 

Just past the 31-minute mark, Johnson broached the topic of Wolff’s “pretty salacious allusion” during the January 19 edition of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher “there was something I was absolutely sure of, but it was so incendiary that I didn't have the ultimate proof,” which was that Trump was having an affair.

Johnson jabbed Wolff for not having “the cajones to make it in his book or outright,” so he instead told Maher that people should “read between the lines...toward the end of the book.” The only relevant passage was a Wolff claim that Haley and Trump “had been spending a notable amount of private time” together “on Air Force One.”

Haley declared the rumor “absolutely not true,” “highly offensive,” and “disgusting.” 

“If you look at what Mike — and I have said this before, it amazes me what people will do and the lies they will say for money and power and, in politics, it’s rampant....I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there,” she added.

She tore into the notion that Wolff has let this rumor out is “a problem” that “goes to a bigger issue...I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not to diminish you.”

Johnson expanded more broadly to the “hurtful and damaging” stereotype that a “successful woman...has to sleep her way to the top.”

When asked about how she responds to ongoing case of sexism, Haley pointed out that everyone (including the media) should “stand up and say this is wrong” because she’s seen this at all levels of government from the South Carolina legislature to the United Nations.

Put simply, Haley explained that people come to resent strong women and thus must do everything to tear them down:

I see them do it to other women and the thing is when women work, they prioritize, they focus, and they believe, if you’re going to do something, do it right and others see that as either too ambitious or stepping out of line and the truth is we need to continue to do our job and if they consider it stepping out of line, fine[.]

“Any time this has happened, it only makes me fight harder. It only makes me work harder and I do it for the sake of other women that are behind me because they should never think that they have to put their head down and cower out of fear that someone’s going to do something to you,” she concluded.

Here’s the relevant transcript from Politico Podcast’s Women Who Rule released on January 26:

Politico Podcast’s Women Who Rule
January 26, 2018
31:10 mark Eastern

ELIANA JOHNSON: So, I want to ask you about a pretty salacious allusion that Michael Wolff, the author of the now famous or infamous Fire and Fury book, didn’t quite have the cajones to make it in his book or outright, but he told the comedian and television host Bill Maher that he’s pretty sure — not sure enough to write in his book that the President is having an affair and that close readers of his book would be able to figure out who the President is having an affair with. So, Wolff writes in the book that: “The President had been spending a notable amount of private time with Haley [that’s Nikki Haley] on Air Force One and was seen to be grooming her for a national political future.” I don’t think you exactly have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out what he’s insinuating, but I’d like to get your response to that insinuation. 

AMB. NIKKI HALEY: It is absolutely not true. It is highly offensive and it’s disgusting. You know, if you look at what Mike — and I have said this before, it amazes me what people will do and the lies they will say for money and power and, in politics, it’s rampant. But here you have a man who’s basically saying I’ve been spending a lot of time on Air Force One. I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there. He says that I’m talking a lot with the President in the Oval about my political future. I have never talked once to the President about my future and I am never alone with him, so the idea that these things come out, that’s a problem. But it goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not to diminish you and I think women have dealt with this a long time. I don’t think it’s just in politics. I think it’s in corporate and I think it’s in all aspects, but there is that — for the most part, most men respect women. But there is a small group of men that, if you just do your job and you try and do it well, and you’re outspoken about it, they resent it. And they think the only option is to bring you down.

JOHNSON: So I wanted to ask you about this sort of type of rumor, which I think falls into a certain category, which is that of the successful woman who has to sleep her way to the top, which I think is hurtful and damaging, but how do you, as a powerful woman, probably the most, I think, visible and outspoken woman in the President’s cabinet, handle those types of rumors. I don’t anybody would call that assault in a formal way, but it is a real challenge that strong women, I think, face in the work place.

HALEY: You know, I hope that other women stand up and say this is wrong. I hope other men stand up and say this is wrong. I hope the media doesn’t let this blow up because this isn’t something that’s just happened as a cabinet member. I saw this as a legislator. I saw this when I was Governor. I see it now. I see them do it to other women and the thing is when women work, they prioritize, they focus, and they believe, if you’re going to do something, do it right and others see that as either too ambitious or stepping out of line and the truth is we need to continue to do our job and if they consider it stepping out of line, fine and if that means they’re going to throw stones, people see lies for what it is. Do I like it? No. Is it right? No. Is it going to slow me down? Not at all. Any time this has happened, it only makes me fight harder. It only makes me work harder and I do it for the sake of other women that are behind me because they should never think that they have to put their head down and cower out of fear that someone’s going to do something to you. If you’re doing the right thing, you always win at the end of the day.


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