Nikki Haley Fails To Mention Slavery When Asked About Cause Of Civil War | EUROtoday

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley was requested Wednesday by a New Hampshire voter in regards to the purpose for the Civil War, and he or she didn’t point out slavery in her response — main the voter to say he was “astonished” by her omission.

Asked throughout a city corridor in Berlin, New Hampshire, what she believed had prompted the battle — the primary photographs of which have been fired in her house state of South Carolina — Haley talked in regards to the position of presidency, replying that it concerned “the freedoms of what people could and couldn’t do.”

She then turned the query again to the person who had requested it, who replied that he was not the one working for president and wished as a substitute to know her reply.

After Haley went right into a lengthier clarification in regards to the position of presidency, particular person freedom and capitalism, the questioner appeared to admonish Haley, saying, “In the year 2023, it’s astonishing to me that you answer that question without mentioning the word slavery.”

“What do you want me to say about slavery?” Haley retorted, earlier than abruptly shifting on to the subsequent query.

Nikki Haley speaks during a Town Hall event in Agency, Iowa, on Dec. 19.
Nikki Haley speaks throughout a Town Hall occasion in Agency, Iowa, on Dec. 19.


Haley, who served six years as South Carolina’s governor, has been competing for a distant second place to Donald Trump for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. She has regularly stated throughout her marketing campaign that she would compete within the first three states earlier than returning “to the sweet state of South Carolina, and we’ll finish it” within the Feb. 24 major.

Haley’s marketing campaign didn’t instantly return a message looking for touch upon her response. The marketing campaign of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, one other of Haley’s GOP foes, recirculated video of the trade on social media, including the remark, “Yikes.”

Issues surrounding the origins of the Civil War and its heritage are nonetheless a lot of the material of Haley’s house state, and he or she has been pressed on the battle’s origins earlier than. As she ran for governor in 2010, Haley, in an interview with a now-defunct activist group then often known as The Palmetto Patriots, described the battle as between two disparate sides combating for “tradition” and “change” and stated the Confederate flag was “not something that is racist.”

During that very same marketing campaign, she dismissed the necessity for the flag to return down from the Statehouse grounds, portraying her Democratic rival’s push for its elimination as a determined political stunt.

Five years later, Haley urged lawmakers to take away the flag from its perch close to a Confederate soldier monument following a mass taking pictures by which a white gunman killed eight Black church members who have been attending Bible research. At the time, Haley stated the flag had been “hijacked” by the shooter from those that noticed the flag as symbolizing “sacrifice and heritage.”

South Carolina’s Ordinance of Secession — the 1860 proclamation by the state authorities outlining its causes for seceding from the Union — mentions slavery in its opening sentence and factors to the “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery” as a purpose for the state eradicating itself from the Union.

On Wednesday evening, Christale Spain — elected this yr as the primary Black girl to chair South Carolina’s Democratic Party — stated Haley’s response was “vile, but unsurprising.”

“The same person who refused to take down the Confederate Flag until the tragedy in Charleston, and tried to justify a Confederate History Month,” Spain stated in a put up on X, of Haley. “She’s just as MAGA as Trump,” Spain added, referring to Trump’s ”Make America Great Again” slogan.

Jaime Harrison, present chairman of the Democratic National Committee and South Carolina’s occasion chairman throughout a part of Haley’s tenure as governor, stated her response was “not stunning if you were a Black resident in SC when she was Governor.”

“Same person who said the confederate flag was about tradition & heritage and as a minority woman she was the right person to defend keeping it on state house grounds,” Harrison posted Wednesday evening on X. “Some may have forgotten but I haven’t. Time to take off the rose colored Nikki Haley glasses folks.”