Nikki Haley Face the Nation

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley appears on CBS News' "Face the Nation" Sunday morning, where she said women who accuse anyone of sexual misconduct have a right to be heard. Screenshot.

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley said Sunday "the time has come" for women who have been mistreated or violated by men to speak up and be heard, even if those women are accusing President Donald Trump of misdeeds.

"I am incredibly proud of the women who have come forward. I'm proud of their strength. I'm proud of their courage. And I think that the idea that this is happening, I think it will start to bring a conscience to the situation, not just in politics, but in, you know, we've seen in Hollywood and in every industry. And I think the time has come," Haley told John Dickerson on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

Haley's comments come amidst a torrent of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations lodged against powerful men in Washington and in the film industry. 

This month, three members of Congress — U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. — have resigned following accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior or misconduct.

Before he was elected president, more than 10 women accused Trump of sexual misconduct. During the 2016 presidential campaign, the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape emerged, in which Trump can be heard making vulgar comments about women. 

When asked how Trump's accusers should be handled, Haley said those women should still be heard.

"Well, I mean, you know, the same thing, is women who accuse anyone should be heard," the former South Carolina governor said. "They should be heard and they should be dealt with. And I think we heard from them prior to the election. And I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up."

"And does the election mean that's a settled issue?" Dickerson then asked Haley.

Sign up for updates!

Get the latest political news from The Post and Courier in your inbox.

"You know, that's for the people to decide," she said. "I know that he was elected. But, you know, women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them."

Haley's response contrasts with the answer U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., gave when he, too, was asked Sunday morning about how these accusations against Trump should be handled.

Speaking on "Meet the Press," Scott said an ethics investigation into embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore would happen immediately if Moore is elected. When asked whether an investigation should also be opened into the allegations Trump faces,  Scott said there is a difference between the two situations.

"I think people have had the opportunity during the 2016 election to come to a decision," he said.

Reach Caitlin Byrd at 843-937-5590 and follow her on Twitter @MaryCaitlinByrd.

Political Reporter

Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.