Sunny Hostin Says Haley's Emotional Response To Deployed Husband Was 'Inauthentic'

'I didn't feel that it was authentic, and I didn't trust it'

Sunny Hostin Says Haley's Emotional Response To Deployed Husband Was 'Inauthentic'

Sunny Hostin of ABC's The View said she felt Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley's emotional remarks about her deployed husband were "inauthentic."

During her "state of the race" speech, Haley became emotional while referencing remarks made by former President Donald Trump about her husband Maj. Michael Haley, who is currently deployed overseas.

The panel discussed Haley during a Wednesday broadcast of the program.

Fellow co-host of the program Sara Haines said she found Haley's emotional moment "authentic," to which Hostin disagreed.

“The operative word is ‘authentic’ for me,” Hostin said. “And I think Nikki Haley has been inauthentic from day one."

Hostin took issue with Haley's previous statement that she would support Trump if he wins the Republican nomination, which The View co-host said was "disqualifying."

"She has refused to not say that she would not — to say that she would not endorse him, she had the slavery gaffes over and over again," Hostin continued. “This is a woman that I don’t find authentic at all."

Fellow co-host Sara Haines interrupted Hostin and reiterated she was specifically referring to Haley's emotional remarks about her deployed husband.

"I'm referring to this moment too," Hostin said, adding she didn't believe Haley's response was "real" as the panel pushed back.

"Her husband is serving in counter-terrorism in Africa," said fellow co-host Alyssa Farah-Griffin, who previously served in the Trump administration.

Hostin clarified her response by saying there was "something" that military families go through.

"I come from a military family. I don't trust her authenticity," she continued, though was cut off again by Haines who noted Haley said she wished her kids could see their father. "I didn't feel that it was authentic, and I didn't trust it."

Haley, who reiterated she would not exit the race, became emotional during her Tuesday "state of the race" speech in South Carolina saying she wished she and her children could see their father.

"He stepped up to keep us safe, and not just us, he stepped up to defend our nation's freedom and our way of life," she said.

During a campaign rally in Conway, South Carolina earlier this month, Trump joked about Haley's husband.

"What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband? Where is he? He's gone," Trump said. "I think he should come back home to help save her dying campaign."

Trump and Haley will face off in the South Carolina primary this Saturday.

According to RealClearPolitics, Trump holds a nearly 60-point advantage over Haley.

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