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DeSantis: Nikki Haley Delivered A ‘Word Salad’ On Civil War, She Makes ‘Big Mistakes’ When She Goes Off Script

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Gov. Ron DeSantis criticized fellow Republican candidate Nikki Haley’s response to a question about the cause of the Civil War, calling it a “massive word salad.”

He emphasized the Republican party’s role in opposing slavery and the importance of understanding America’s founding principles.

DeSantis also suggested that Haley’s off-script comments reveal a lack of understanding of the country’s history. (Trending: Ex-Marine Imprisoned In Russia Sends Message To Biden)

Jason Chaffetz said, “That was not a difficult question. They may think that that was planted by somebody. But that’s a pretty easy answer for not a hard ball question.”

“It was a massive word salad,” said Gov. DeSantis.

“I still don’t understand what she was trying to say with that,” he continued.

“Why she would have gone down that road. I don’t know,” he added.

“Look, we’re Republicans…The Republican party was founded to oppose slavery,” explained DeSantis.

“And its expansion and the reason slavery got accomplished in the United States was because of the Republican party. And the election of Abraham Lincoln and what happened in the ensuing years. So I’m glad that the role of the Republican party played in exterminating slavery from the United States. And that made us more in line with the values that the country was founded on that we are all entitled to God given rights and we should be treated equally under the law,” continued the Florida governor.

“I do think what it shows is she getting scrutiny now has not held up well,” he said.

“I think she says things when she gets off script she tends to make big mistakes. The media really has given her a free pass for the last six weeks by trying to pump her up. But I think the more voters see that, it’s one thing to read off a teleprompter,” said DeSantis.

“It’s one thing to read talking points. But are you going to be able to actually speak from a position of conviction?” asked the GOP candidate.

FOX News host Jason Chaffetz echoed these sentiments, stating that a failure to understand the significance of slavery and the Civil War misses the point.

“You either understand the foundations of America or you don’t,” said DeSantis.

“I have a firm understanding that our rights come from God, not from the government and the purpose of government is to protect the rights we already possess. And so everything I do is seen through the prism of our nation’s founding principles,” concluded DeSantis.

Chaffetz responded, “Yeah, if you don’t understand and can’t utter the word slavery and why the Civil War was fought, why South Carolina was one of the states that brought this up as an issue way back in the day then you are really missing the point here.”

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