[image-1] In a late-night tweet that recalled the mercurial ways of her boss, former South Carolina governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley asked people to stop suggesting President Donald Trump is in any way responsible for creating an environment that emboldens hate crimes.

Mentioning the 2015 shooting in which a white supremacist killed nine worshippers at Mother Emanuel in downtown Charleston while she was governor, Haley urged her followers to stop holding Trump accountable for his actions.

“I have struggled w/ what happened in Pitts bc it’s so similar to what happened in Chas,” she posted at 10:33 p.m. Monday night. “The country was very racially divided @ the time. We didn’t once blame Pres. Obama. We focused solely on the lives lost & their families. Have some respect for these families & stop the blame.”

The tweet came two days after a man walked into a Pittsburgh synagogue with an AR-15 style rifle and three Glock pistols and killed 11 people on Saturday morning.

After the attack, President Trump did not immediately condemn the shooter’s anti-semitic views despite the fact that his son-in-law Jared Kushner, who is also his advisor, and his daughter Ivanka are both Jewish.

On Monday, hours before Haley took to defend him, Trump assailed the media as the “enemy of the people.” The term has become a favorite of the president over the past year as he wields it to demonize the way the mainstream press covers his administration.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” Trump tweeted.

[embed-3] The bungled response harkened back to when the president refused to condemn a neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Va. that led to a counter-protest last year, instead choosing to say that there were “very fine people on both sides.”

The rally featured tiki-torch wielding white supremacists who shouted, among other things, “Jews will not replace us.” One man killed 32-year-old demonstrator Heather Hyer when he rammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of counter-protesters. Two Virginia state troopers died in a helicopter crash while keeping watch of the events beneath them.


In 2016, the Anti-Defamation League denounced the appointment of former Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon to the White House. Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, “presided over the premier website of the ‘alt-right’ — a loose-knit group of white nationalists and unabashed anti-Semites and racists,” according to the organization.

Studies also show that hate crimes are on the rise, particularly in the 10 largest U.S. cities, according to a report released earlier this year by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University at San Bernardino.

Haley is set to leave her post at the U.N. at the end of this year.