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Haley defends leaving slavery out of her answer to Civil War question

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Nikki Haley faced criticism after initially declining to mention slavery as the cause of the U.S. Civil War, prompting backlash from the White House and other Republicans.

She later clarified her belief that the Civil War was sparked by slavery but emphasized the broader issue of determining the role of government in people’s lives.

Some conservatives defended her, arguing that it was a “gotcha” question. (Trending: Melania Trump Announces Big Change For 2024)

“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,” said Haley.

“It was about slavery,” wrote Biden.

“Yikes,” commented DeSantis’ campaign.

“I think everybody thinks that the Civil War was about slavery. It was more, what’s the bigger issue of it?” explained Haley.

“You know, we went through 80 years of that, and we know that people were struggling with ‘What’s the role of government? What’s the role of individual freedom?’ And the lesson we should take away from the Civil War is, yes, never allow slavery to happen again. But what does that mean for government and the role of individual freedom?” she continued.

“We want every person to have the freedom of speech, religion, to live their life without anyone doing anything to hamper that,” said Haley.

“That’s what this was about. So, if it required clarification of saying, yes, the Civil War was about slavery, I’m happy to do that,” she added.

“But look, I know it very well…I fought and took down the Confederate flag in South Carolina. I am very aware of what that is. But for us to move forward as a country, what’s the lesson in it? And the lesson is every person deserves freedom, and we have to always fight for it every single day,” continued Haley.

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