South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley defended her response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, confirming on NBC's "Today" show that she was referring to Donald Trump as one of the "angriest voices" she mentioned.
"Mr. Trump has definitely contributed to what I think is just irresponsible talk," she said Wednesday.
The nation's youngest governor, Haley, 43, angered some conservative pundits with her response to Obama's address by seemingly saving her sharpest criticism for those in her own party. While never mentioning anyone by name, she urged Republican presidential candidates to tone down divisive rhetoric and urged Americans to resist "the siren call of the angriest voices."
Haley said while Trump was "one of them," others have contributed to the vitriol.
"There's other people in the media, there's people in my state, I think we're seeing it across the country," she said.
Haley said that launching a full-scale partisan attack on Obama is not her style: "That's not me."