Former South Carolina governor and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haleystepped in it on Friday afternoon after making the bizarre claim that the Confederate flag was a symbol of “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until convicted murderer Dylann Roof “hijacked” it.
During an interview with conservative talk show host Glenn Beck, Haley stated, ““Here is this guy who comes out with this manifesto, holding the Confederate flag. And [he] had just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina — there’s always the small minority, that’s always going to be there — but people saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage, but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it.”
Haley’s remarks were harshly condemned across the board for pandering as well as being historically wrong.
You can see some responses below:
Nikki Haley says the Confederate flag was about “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until Dylan Roof “hijacked” it pic.twitter.com/pqdhKIezRl
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) December 6, 2019
The flag was adopted in 1863 and the confederacy was defeated in 1865. Two years of representing the cause of slavery and treason yet we’re supposed to respect it more than 100 years later?.
— what’s this? (@MmmDeviledEggs) December 6, 2019
BREAKING: Nikki Haley all in on the David Duke vote.
— larryleclair (@larryleclair) December 6, 2019
— Christine Galea (@chrisgalea) December 6, 2019
It’s about slaves, Nikki. I was always about slaves and your ancestors were dark enough to qualify. You should be ashamed.
— Tom Woods (@realdramaimp) December 6, 2019
This is a deeply insensitive and ignorant thing to say Nikki. There is no room for any defense of the confederate flag. https://t.co/evVfyAeOmg
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) December 6, 2019
“A student holds a Confederate flag in front of Little Rock Central High School, which had been scheduled to integrate, in September 1957.” There’s a special place in hell for her. pic.twitter.com/2EtLiQl6ic
— The Left (@n0rbizness) December 6, 2019
Pleading to trump to make her the VP right here.
— PCR RitesGood (@pcrritesgood) December 6, 2019
She looks like hell.
Selling out is corrosive.
— Unvarnished Truth™ (@SRMillar3) December 6, 2019
More of a bullhorn than a wink.
— Miro Kujin (@slim_mirokujin) December 6, 2019
Nikki is on a spectacular career destroying losing streak. Doesn’t she have any sane advisers?
— Hank Hampshire (@HankHampshire) December 6, 2019
Seriously? What is she trying to accomplish with that statement? Does it pander to a voter base she’s interested in? Using Haley’s “logic” that the German Nazi flag was also about “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” – until it was hijacked by American Nazi’s.
— Grey Matter (@outofmemind) December 6, 2019
.@NikkiHaley is going to go full Lindsey Graham before this is over.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) December 6, 2019
The Confederate flag was never about service, sacrifice or heritage. It’s always been a memorial to white supremacy & slavery.
— And The Tweet Goes On (@lacadri34) December 6, 2019
Ah yes, until Dylan Roof hijacked it. pic.twitter.com/0jSwsWnN8z
— Jared Olguin (@RhymesWithBeans) December 6, 2019
— The Grand Poobah! 👑 (@MrTamhas) December 6, 2019
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Nikki Haley Tries to Stop National Outrage: It Was Other People Who Saw Confederate Flag as ‘Service, Sacrifice, Heritage’
Former UN Ambassador and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley is trying hard to stop the national outrage over an interview she gave in which she suggested the Confederate flag stood for “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” until white supremacist Dylann Roof slaughtered nine Black church-goers attending a Bible study class.
Haley’s exact words were: “Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and just hijacked everything that people thought of. We don’t have hateful people in South Carolina. There’s always the small minority that’s always going to be there, but, you know, people saw it [the Confederate flag] as service, and sacrifice, and heritage, and, but once he did that there was no way to overcome it.”
Haley took to Twitter and pushed back by posting the text of a speech she gave when she called for the Confederate flag to be removed from the Statehouse grounds.
2015 was a painful time for our state.The pain was and is still real. Below was my call for the removal of the Confederate flag & I stand by it. I continue to be proud of the people of SC and how we turned the hate of a killer into the love for each other.https://t.co/xXanJ8LPTV
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 6, 2019
Rather than say directly what she apparently wanted to say, Haley retweeted tweets like these that deliver the message that she didn’t call the Confederate flag an icon of service, sacrifice, and heritage – other people did.
But given that the flag represents an actual attack on the United States of America – the Civil War – and has been used by white supremacists, including the KKK, and others to subordinate, discriminate against, and attack Black people and other minorities, it’s hard to see how splitting hairs makes the former South Carolina governor any better.
Nikki Haley Forgives Trump’s Racist ‘Go Back’ Slur Against Ilhan Omar: ‘I Appreciate Where He Was Coming From’
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley recently downplayed a racist slur from President Donald Trump, who said that four non-white Democratic congresswomen should go “back” to their home countries.
In July, the president attacked freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MI) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Twitter. Soon after, supporters chanted “go back” at Trump rallies.
During an interview on the CBS Sunday Morning program, Haley was asked if the president’s remarks are “appropriate.”
“No, it’s not appropriate,” Haley agreed before defending the Trump.
“But I also can appreciate where he was coming from,” she added. “Don’t bash America over and over and over again and not do something to try and fix it.”
In earlier remarks on the program, Haley called impeachment the “death penalty” for the president and said that she did not see any reason to move forward with the move to impeach him.
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