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Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, Baltimore and dog-whistle rhetoric

Nikki Haley, Baltimore and dog-whistle rhetoric

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is getting a lot of credit, and rightly so, for calling out Donald Trump in her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. She denounced angry, anti-immigrant rhetoric and called for the nation to welcome "properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion," a clear reference to Mr. Trump's xenophobic campaign that echoed Mr. Obama's own remarks. The combination was powerful.

But Ms. Haley also made a pair of references that are jarring to our ears in Baltimore and which echoed earlier comments she made that betrayed a real misunderstanding of what's going on here and in other cities...