Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley during her campaign launch event in Charleston, S.C., spoke to her supporters about how “self-loathing” has taken over the U.S.
As she said “It’s in the classroom, the boardroom and the backrooms of government,” where the public is constantly being told about America being “flawed, rotten and full of hate.” She added that President Joe Biden and vice President Kamala Harris have gone as far as to call the country “racist” even though that statement is untrue.
Haley’s remarks clearly show that as part of her campaign, she is going to focus on the culture war. In her launch video specifically, she added photos from The 1619 Project and a sign which read “Racism is a pandemic.” She notes during the video that while some people look at America’s past to claim that the “founding principles are bad,” others believe “our ideas are not just wrong but racist and evil.” She added that this was not the truth and that, as the daughter of Indian immigrants who lived in South Carolina, she came to see how their town loved them, even though it “wasn’t always easy.”
Haley is the first person to officially challenge former President Trump for the GOP primary nomination, while she is only the second Republican to throw herself into the Presidential race. Haley had previously served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under the Trump administration. Over the past few weeks, she has repeatedly called for a change in leadership, these are calls she reiterated on Wednesday.