Biden Kicks Haley While She’s Down

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( – President Biden recently critiqued Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley for her response to a question about the cause of the Civil War. During a town hall event in New Hampshire, Haley was asked about the Civil War’s origins, and her answer drew criticism for not mentioning slavery as a significant factor.

President Biden took to social media, specifically X (formerly known as Twitter), to express his viewpoint, succinctly stating, “It was about slavery.” This comment was in response to the video clip of Haley’s town hall exchange with a New Hampshire voter.

In her initial response at the town hall, Haley, a former South Carolina governor and United Nations ambassador, mentioned that the Civil War’s cause revolved around how the government would operate, emphasizing the importance of individual freedoms and capitalism. When pressed further by the voter, who found her answer astonishing for not acknowledging slavery, Haley asked, “What do you want me to say about slavery?”

Democratic National Committee chair Jaime Harrison also criticized Haley’s response, considering it a failure to condemn slavery adequately and a disregard for the history of the Civil War.

It’s essential to note that South Carolina, Haley’s home state, was the first to secede from the Union in 1860, citing slavery as one of the primary reasons for secession. Haley has faced scrutiny in the past for her stance on issues related to the Confederate flag, initially describing it as non-racist and later advocating for its removal from the South Carolina Capitol following a tragic mass shooting in Charleston.

In the context of the current political landscape, former President Trump maintains a significant lead in both New Hampshire and national polls. Nikki Haley, along with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, is vying for second place in the polls, but Trump continues to dominate with the majority of support. This development underscores the ongoing relevance of historical issues like slavery in contemporary political discourse.

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