Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday gave a thumbs-up to Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) plan to let state governments go bankrupt -- and she was instantly met with furious blowback from many of her Twitter followers.
"States should always plan for a rainy day just like any business," Haley wrote. "I disagree that states should take Fed money or be bailed out. This will lead to taxpayers paying for mismanagement of poorly run states. States need to tighten up, make some cuts, and manage."
As Haley's followers pointed out, there are many problems with her argument.
In the first place, many private businesses are being bailed out with government money right now, regardless of whether they had planned "for a rainy day" or not.
Additionally, Haley's own state of South Carolina is annually one of the biggest beneficiaries of federal largess, as it receives an average of just over $5,000 in federal aid per resident -- the 12th-highest per-capita amount of America's 50 states.
Check out some angry reactions to Haley's tweet below.
@NikkiHaley Big businesses got bailed out and individuals got free money with no strings attached, whether they wer… https://t.co/OLy0CbcRXA— Ben Yelin (@Ben Yelin)1587654952.0
@NikkiHaley you already bailed out wall street, why not leave the teachers and firefighters twisting in the wind?— Michael Tae Sweeney (@Michael Tae Sweeney)1587654844.0
@NikkiHaley When your state had some rainy days, you ran to the federal government for money. https://t.co/COU5MUTbmc— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1587654535.0
@NikkiHaley Preach Nikki, this taxpayer here would only like to pay for the mismanagement of poorly run corporation… https://t.co/RyKIXOqAk1— TomT (@TomT)1587651506.0
@NikkiHaley This is why no Republican should ever be put in charge anything ever again. Governments are not “busin… https://t.co/uC5tTkoXYo— rzrwiresunrise (@rzrwiresunrise)1587653422.0
@NikkiHaley So, this is why South Carolina received ZERO money from the federal government when you were governor?… https://t.co/yfDLC4Ti2m— Professor Darren Hutchinson (@Professor Darren Hutchinson)1587653711.0
@NikkiHaley Wow, I totally can not believe I ever supported you and thought you would be a good President one day.— Lynn (@Lynn)1587652469.0
@NikkiHaley Under your leadership, SC took more federal money than most states, Nikki. You know this & are intenti… https://t.co/Tskg6uJbtI— michele collins (@michele collins)1587654923.0
@NikkiHaley you failed to plan for a literal rainy day and were happy to take the federal government’s money: https://t.co/Z00mSkEa2D— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1587653538.0