Another day, another lie from S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, whose contempt for the truth is rapidly becoming as legendary as her love of extramarital boot-knocking.
Two weeks ago, Haley vowed to be more careful with her words after she falsely accused South Carolina workers of being illiterate and high (turns out they’re just illiterate). This week, Haley is facing scrutiny after claiming that Allen Amsler – her recently-appointed chairman of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) board – sped up permits so that aircraft manufacturer Boeing could open its North Charleston, S.C. plant six months ahead of schedule.
Haley made the claim as recently as Monday at one of her “Join The Movement” town hall meetings.
The only problem?
According to Associated Press reporter Jim Davenport, Haley’s claim isn’t just misleading – it’s flat out false.
“DHEC says none of Haley’s commission members took any action to expedite Boeing permits,” Davenport noted in his report, further adding that S.C. Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt “couldn’t recall Boeing having permit problems that threatened its schedule.”
As is its custom, Haley’s office “declined to document” its claim.
Obviously this isn’t the first time Haley has been caught in a lie. In fact, “Trikki Nikki” been caught fibbing so many times since taking office (click here, here, here, here, here and here for just a few examples) that it’s becoming downright comical.
Last weekend, columnist Cindi Ross Scoppe of The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper actually devoted an entire piece to Haley’s chronic aversion to the truth.
“I can’t count the times I’ve heard the phrase ‘pathological liar’ used to describe the governor,” Scoppe wrote, although she later gave Haley the benefit of the doubt by attributing her “demonstrably inaccurate” claims to a “combination of carelessness and a certain naivete – a willingness to suspend disbelief when we hear things that support our preconceived notions.”
What do you think? Is Haley just sloppy with the truth or deliberately deceptive? Vote in our poll and post your thoughts in our comments section below.