Really Inappropriate Woman Whacks Nikki Haley Pinata
5:30 pm, May 22nd | by Laura Donovan
A lot of people like to go out with a bang, but outgoing president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO, Donna Dewitt, who smashed a pinata bearing S.C. governor Nikki Haley’s face over the weekend, isn’t ending her term on the most dignified note.
At a Columbia, S.C. retreat on Saturday, Dewitt looked at a strung pinata of Haley and said, “Well I will say, she looks like a tough old girl here” before an onlooker egged Dewitt to “whack her harder!” With loud cheering in the background, Dewitt took several swings at the pinata before it hit the ground.
You’d think an adult such as Dewitt would want to carry herself in a more mature fashion than that, but she stood by her childish actions when approached by ABC News, stating there was “no ill intent” in the move. Dewitt also said her coworkers had brought the pinata to the gathering and were using it as a “memoir” of Haley’s behaviors towards unions. She expressed a similar sentiment in her comment for the Free Times:
“[Haley] has been whacking at us since she realized how much money the business PACs can contribute in South Carolina…We felt justified in taking a whack back.”
A seemingly speechless Haley had this to say of the activity on Twitter: “Wow. I wonder if the unions think this kind of thing will make people take them seriously.”
Though Haley remained mum on the matter, her spokesperson Rob Godfrey told POLITICO of Dewitt’s actions, “There is no place for that in civil public discourse, and that video no more represents the people of South Carolina than union bosses represent our workers.”
Really, though, when did it become okay to cheer and joke about violence of any kind being directed at a political figure?