Nikki Haley: Dylann Roof ‘Hijacked’ the Confederate Flag

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Former South Carolina governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley stunned a lot of people when an interview of her discussing the Confederate flag went viral on Friday.

In the interview, which was done with Glenn Beck’s right-wing outlet “The Blaze,” Haley is discussing the 2015 Charleston Church shooting in which a white supremacist named Dylann Roof murdered nine African-American parishioners inside a church.

The former governor says that Roof “is this guy that comes out with this manifesto, holding the confederate flag and had just hijacked everything that people thought of … people saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it.”

Haley said of the shooting, “the national media came in in droves. They wanted to define what happened, they wanted to make this about racism, they wanted to make it about gun control, they wanted to make it about the death penalty and I really pushed off the national media.”

Here’s the clip:

After Roof murdered the parishioners, Haley — who was then the governor of South Carolina — took down the flag from the statehouse in Columbia. Soon after that, during an interview with CNN, Haley said, “I think the more important part is it should have never been there.”

But before the Charleston shooting, Haley had defended the Confederate flag. During a debate in 2014, she said that in her role as governor, she didn’t see the flag as a deterrent to bringing business to South Carolina.

During that debate, Haley said “I spent a lot of my days on the phones with CEOs and recruiting jobs to this state. I can honestly say I have not had one conversation with a single CEO about the Confederate flag.”

Though she’s currently on a break from politics, Haley’s star has been rising in the Trump era and she has defended the president from some of his critics in the White House.

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James
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Nikki Haley for POTUS in 2024 and 2028 when Trump leaves Office due to the 22nd Amendment. Keep the Socialists/Communists OUT of our Government. We’ve seen the historic failure of Socialism from the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela to Sweden and don’t want it here in the USofA.

Teresa DeBerardinis Huggins
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There is nothing controversial about her statement. I’m a born and bred Yankee, that moved to the South many years ago and I get the Confederate Flag thing. It’s not about slavery, it’s not about hate… There was a war in this country, North against the South, that was their flag and it is history and it stands for more than idiot elitists think. Roof did hijack the flag, because he used it in his warped, mental mind for hate and murder, in this century. My God, if only we could put our energy into the real issues at hand… Read more »

Ron Pauly
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Common sense is a problem with folks on the left. The civil war was more about taxes. Many Christians in the south were not fond of slavery. The desire to wipe out History and change it is a Liberal Democrat thing.

General Confusion
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I am confused.

Why would Haley, a potential Veep, even be on the Blaze talking nonsense in the first place? Would it be to pander to the Cult-45 “base” and keep them distracted? No, say it ain’t so!

Screwtape
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For those who actually know history,, the ante-Bellum south was largely agrarian and raising cotton was it’s biggest driver, which also contributed to the US economy. Britain had not yet fully exploited India, so the South was a huge driver for its mills. Hence the continued commerce between Britain/Europe despite Union blockades. Cotton remained an economically viable crop in the South well into the 1950s. What was lacking was an industrial/manufacturing/energy base. The North had all that. Things have shifted since, largely due to bad policies in the North. Same thing for military bases. I think the next Civil War… Read more »

Screwtape
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Let’s try this: ask ALL immigrants, particularly those from south of the border, to stop displaying their flags in public, on their vehicles. and consider having it in their homes an act racism. Also, no more Scottish, German, Italian or other displays of cultural pride or heritage. Like the Rainbow flag. God forbid someone MIGHT be offended. Pansies.

Consider how that will go over.

Screwtape
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I have friends who still call it the War of Northern Aggression.

The # of actual slaveholders, i.e. WEALTHY SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS, was a very small percentage. The majority resented not only the invasion of their homes, but the unconstitutional violation of the 10th amendment. (the 13th passed AFTER the war).

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