Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was once considered a moderate Republican. During the 2016 presidential campaign, she was a critic of then-candidate Donald Trump.
But by the time Trump was inaugurated in 2017, Haley agreed to serve as Trump's Ambassador to the United Nations, beginning a years-long pattern of Haley defending Trump's actions even after her time in the White House, while also echoing his talking points against liberals and protesters.
On Wednesday, pro-Trump extremists—fueled by his lies that widespread election fraud orchestrated by Democrats delivered President-elect Joe Biden a false victory—stormed the Capitol during a joint session to nationally certify Biden as the next President of the United States.
The Vice President was forced to evacuate as lawmakers and journalists scrambled to hide in offices. The insurrectionists shattered windows, ransacked offices, and vandalized the nation's Capitol.
Five people died as a result of the action.
Now, with the election long lost and after unprecedented chaos in the Capitol, Haley is criticizing Trump.
At the Republican National Committee's winter meeting, Haley said:
"President Trump has not always chosen the right words. He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time. He was badly wrong with his words yesterday. And it wasn't just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history."
But the internet wasn't going to let Haley forget about the role she played in defending Trump and serving in his administration.
It wasn't just the President's critics who had strong words for Haley, but his supporters as well.
Haley is considered a favorite to run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, but it remains to be seen how "harshly" she'll be judged then.