Once in power, she showed courage in responding to the mass murder committed by a white supremacist at a black church in Charleston in 2015. Haley led the charge to remove a giant Confederate flag from the State House, a decision taken reluctantly by the legislature.
The last time I had any hope for the GOP was in February 2016, when Haley endorsed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Whom I was then advising on the presidential campaign on foreign policy. The image of Haley, Rubio and Senator Tim Scott (RS.C.) – an Indian American, a Cuban American and an African American – campaigning together was a symbol of how the party could embrace the future. multicultural culture of the country. “I won’t stop until we fight a man who chooses not to disown the KKK,” Haley thundered. “It is not part of our party. This is not what we want as president.
We know how it happened. Trump won the South Carolina primary, nomination and presidency. Every GOP leader in the country, Haley included, bent the knee. Yet Haley somehow managed to keep her distance from Trump even as an ambassador to the UN. “She acquitted herself admirably at the United Nations,” I wrote after her departure at the end of 2018.
There is nothing admirable about the way Haley has conducted herself since. Her ambition – she desperately wants to be president – is obvious. Its principles are not. Haley initially supported Trump’s attempts to overturn the election results. “Despite what the media say…
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