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Nikki Haley Criticized by Voters for Omitting Slavery in Civil War Response

Confrontation in New Hampshire

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A voter in New Hampshire challenged GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley. The challenge centered on her omission of slavery in her response about the cause of the Civil War during a campaign trail town hall.

Haley’s Perspective

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Haley, a former South Carolina governor, asserted at the event in Berlin, N.H., that the war’s root lies in the role of government. The debate revolved around freedom.

Critique of Haley’s Answer

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The voter found Haley’s answer lacking. He expresseed astonishment that she did not mention slavery in her analysis of the Civil War’s causes.

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Haley’s Defiant Response

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In response to the criticism, Haley questioned, “What do you want me to say about slavery?” The voter acknowledged the response, ending the exchange with applause.

Growing Support in New Hampshire

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Despite trailing former President Trump, Haley is gaining traction in the Granite State. This is after strong debate performances leading up to the Jan. 23 primary.

Trump’s Lead in New Hampshire

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The Hill/Decision Desk HQ polling index indicates Trump’s 17-point lead over Haley in New Hampshire. This underscores Haley’s uphill battle for the GOP nomination.

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South Carolina’s Historical Context

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South Carolina, where Haley served as governor, was the first state to secede in 1860. The secession cited slavery and growing hostility among non-slaveholding states.

Haley’s Previous Remarks

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Haley faced scrutiny in 2010 for describing the Civil War as a clash between tradition and change. She asserted the Confederate flag was not inherently racist.

Evolution on the Confederate Flag

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In 2015, following the Charleston church shooting, Haley urged the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina Capitol. This showcased a shift in her stance.

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DNC Chair’s Critique

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Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison condemned Haley’s response. He labeled it “a slap in the face to Black voters” and emphasized the importance of condemning slavery.

Haley’s Historical Rewrite

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Some view Haley’s encounter with the voter as an attempt to rewrite history. This has drawn criticism from both Democrats and within the GOP.

GOP Rival’s Reaction

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Fellow GOP contender Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign shared the video online. Their commentary offered a succinct word: “Yikes.”

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