Haley is going down swinging with her SNL gags, but it won’t help with Trump supporters

The Trump character mocked Haley’s name, calling her “Nikki Haley Joel Osmet,” a reference to an actor in the horror film “The Sixth Sense” who uttered a line repeated by “Trump”: “I see dead people”. The reference was lost on me and probably many others, but Haley had an apt retort. “That’s what people will say if they see you and Joe on the ballot”.

Actress and host Ayo Edebiri, posing as a voter, asked Haley what was the main cause of the Civil War, referencing her recent gaffe, in which she failed to mention slavery, concluding, “Do you think it starts with an S and ends with a lavery?”

Haley replied, “Yep, I probably should have said that the first time”, in a moment of self-deprecation.

A few months ago, SNL did a GOP debate sketch where Trump’s (then) opponents were frozen on stage while James Austin Johnson, once again playing Trump, mocked them. “Can you believe it folks, 91 indictments, 4 trials and I’m still the best choice”, he said. Of Haley, he said, “I call her “birdbrain” but only in public … let’s be honest we’re not going to have a President whose name is Nikki”.

Appearances like these could help Haley with the broader electorate, but will it help her woo Trump fans? Highly unlikely because most of them turned off SNL long ago and those who did tune in likely aren’t amused by jokes at Trump’s expense and an audience full of New Yorkers laughing at him. But it was worth a try. Haley’s got nothing to lose, and so she ought to try to shed her buttoned up, corporate image, throw some darts and see if anything sticks.

At the very least, she can go down swinging and have a bit of fun along the way. 

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