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DeSantis, Ramaswamy Respond To Haley’s Remarks On Slavery And The Civil War

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Two Republican presidential candidates criticized Nikki Haley for her remarks about slavery and the Civil War, with one calling her response “incomprehensible word salad.”

Haley faced backlash for not mentioning slavery as the cause of the Civil War during a town hall Q&A.

She later acknowledged that the Civil War was about slavery but emphasized the importance of freedom and individual rights. (Trending: Ex-Marine Imprisoned In Russia Sends Message To Biden)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis criticized Haley’s response and accused her of being unprepared for the spotlight.

Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy also criticized Haley for her failure to mention the 10th amendment and made sarcastic remarks about her knowledge of wars.

“Well, don’t come with an easy question, right?” Haley said.

“I think the cause of the Civil War was basically how government was going to run. The freedoms and what people could and couldn’t do.”

“I think it always comes down to the role of government and what the rights of the people are. And I will always stand by the fact that I think government was intended to secure the rights and freedoms of the people … We need to have capitalism. We need to have economic freedom.”

“We need to make sure that we do all things so that individuals have the liberties so that they can have freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom to do or be anything they want to be without government getting in the way.”

“Thank you. In the year 2023, it’s astonishing to me that you’d answer that question without mentioning the word ‘slavery,’” a said.

“What do you want me to say about slavery?” Haley said.

“Yes, we know the Civil War was about slavery,” Haley later said.

“But more than that, what’s the lesson in all this? That freedom matters. And individual rights and liberties matter for all people. That’s the blessing of America. That was a stain on America when we had slavery. But what we want is never [to] relive it. Never let anyone take those freedoms away again.”

DeSantis said Haley “is not a candidate that’s ready for primetime,” and called her answer an “incomprehensible word salad.”

“And she’s gotten a pretty free ride from a lot of the corporate press,” he said.

“The minute that she faces any type of scrutiny, she tends to cave and I think that that’s what you saw yesterday.”

“Not that difficult to identify and acknowledge the role slavery played in the Civil War, and yet that seemed to be something that was really difficult. And I don’t even know what she was saying.”

“I know she’s trying to clean it up. I know she’s tried to blame a Democrat plant,” he said.

“I mean, you’re gonna get asked a lot of tough questions — that’s just the nature of this business. And I think that she showed time and time again that when the lights get hot that she will wilt under pressure, and that was a good example last night.”

DeSantis answered, “You have the issue of slavery; you have the states that were concerned about Lincoln interfering and potentially eliminating it and they viewed it as a states’ rights issue, not as a federal issue and they were concerned that you have this Republican president, may come in and get rid of the institution of slavery.”

“It’s interesting because the Republican Party was founded to put a stop to the growth of slavery in this country and the abolition of slavery was, to this day, remains the party’s top achievement.”

“And it was a partisan achievement because the people that were fighting Lincoln, the people that wanted to preserve slavery, they were Democrats. And so the Republican Party did that, and that’s something that you should acknowledge and be proud of as a Republican.”

“The shocking part isn’t that Nikki failed to mention slavery. It’s that she failed to mention the 10th amendment. When you try to be everything to everyone, you’re nothing to anyone. A perfect puppet for the corrupt establishment,” Vivek Ramaswamy said.

“I think she mistook him for a Super PAC donor,” Ramaswamy said of the voter questioning her.

“Turns out Nikki knows as little about the Civil War as she does about the Ukraine War,” he said.

“But whatever war it was, I’m sure she’s in favor of it. 💵”

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