Terry Holyfield praised Haley's Confederate flag removal at a North Charleston event. Holyfield termed it “the right thing to do at that time, and I applaud her for standing by her beliefs.
Holyfield backed her favorite Civil War cause.“She answered that question intelligently and correctly,” Holyfield said. "Our government and Constitution were different, and she answered that question perfectly."High-profile candidates of color have always had to debate race, especially before white audiences.
When running for president last year, South Carolinian Sen. Tim Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, frequently addressed all-white Iowa groups on personal responsibility and how "we don't have Black poverty or white poverty". Poverty exists.” Iowa Christians frequently questioned Hindu entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy if they worshipped the same God. Ramaswamy and Scott endorsed Trump and quit the nomination fight.
Haley sometimes relates her upbringing to politics, stating her mother dislikes illegal border crossers since she arrived legally. Trump insulted Haley's ethnicity.Trump called Haley “Nimbra” on social media. Perhaps Nimarata Nikki Randhawa was intentionally misspelled. Haley has used her middle name, Nikki, since childhood.
Trump also promoted fake conspiracy theories about Haley running for president as the U.S.-born daughter of immigrants. Her South Carolina birth makes her a natural-born citizen, one of three presidential requirements. This false claim mirrors Trump's “birther” comments about Barack Obama, the first Black president.
Haley has branded Trump “desperate to stop our momentum,” using whatever means to attack his opponents, when reporters questioned if his statements about her are racist.“He does that when threatened. Haley told a CNN town hall that Trump's fake assertion that she was ineligible for president was his distress response. I know I'm hazardous. I understand his motives."
“We live in the best country in the world, but we need to fix all our little problems. I believe our Founding Fathers had the greatest of intentions when they started, and we repaired it along the way,” Haley said as she struggled to make her point during a CNN town hall last month in New Hampshire, where Jake Tapper asked if America had “never been a racist country.”
Tapper said “America was founded institutionally on many racist precepts, including slavery.” Haley stated that “all men are created equal,” but “the intent was everybody was going to be created equally.” Haley's memoirs and public appearances detail childhood racism, including bullying, school comments regarding her color, and being disqualified from a beauty pageant for being neither white nor Black. Her Black university professor father was racially profiled at a farmer's market.
Haley says she battled discrimination by building bridges.“This habit of finding the similarities and avoiding the differences became very natural to me over time,” she wrote in her 2012 memoir. In 2014, Haley told an Indian TV show about her background and discrimination. Haley said her ancestry defined her when asked whether she needed to “disown” her origins to work in American politics.
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