Nikki Haley Asserts America's Core: 'Never a Racist Country' in Her View

In a recent town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, shared her vision and goals ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary.

by Faruk Imamovic
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Nikki Haley Asserts America's Core: 'Never a Racist Country' in Her View
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In a recent town hall meeting in New Hampshire, Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, shared her vision and goals ahead of the state's Republican presidential primary. Emphasizing the theme of strength, Haley expressed her aspirations to perform better than her third-place finish in Iowa's caucuses, where she lagged significantly behind former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Tackling the Perception of Racism in America

A significant portion of the town hall focused on Haley's views on racism in America. Responding to a question about whether she believes the Republican Party or the country is racist, Haley firmly stated her belief that America has "never been a racist country." This stance aligns with her previous remarks on the subject, reflecting her perspective on America's founding principles.

Despite acknowledging the historical presence of legal racism and slavery in the U.S., Haley emphasized that the country's founding intent was virtuous. "The intent was to do the right thing," she remarked, acknowledging the need for progress and correction over time.

She shared personal anecdotes about facing racism in rural South Carolina and how her parents instilled in her the belief that such experiences should not define her potential. Haley's narrative extends beyond her personal journey to encompass a broader message of optimism for America's future.

She highlighted her own achievements as one of the first female minority governors and as Trump's ambassador to the U.N., using her story as an example of what is possible in the U.S. Rejecting the notion of a "national self-loathing," she urged for a recognition of America's flaws while striving to improve continuously.

The New Hampshire Primary

Polls indicate a closer race between Haley and Trump compared to Iowa. With a more moderate Republican electorate and the participation of undeclared voters, Haley's strategy appears focused on showcasing her strength and resilience.

While Haley did not explicitly state the need to defeat Trump in New Hampshire, her goal to "be strong" reflects a broader ambition to redefine her position in the race. The upcoming primary in the Granite State thus presents a critical opportunity for Haley to demonstrate her appeal to a diverse Republican base and to further articulate her vision for America's future.

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