It appears as though the women of “The View” are preemptively attempting to quash any ambitions former that United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley may have for national office.
Condemnation from “The View” co-hosts came in response to the former South Carolina governor’s comments regarding the confederate flag, specifically, her claim that 2015 church-shooter Dylan Roof had “hijacked” the meaning of the flag when he championed it as part of his identity. In a sit-down interview with commentator Glenn Beck, Haley said: “And here is this guy that comes out with this manifesto, holding the Confederate flag and had just hijacked everything that people thought of (about the flag).”
As governor of South Carolina, Haley decided to remove the confederate flag from the statehouse building in 2015.
In a Washington Post op-ed, Haley wrote, in an attempt to clarify her position: “Today’s outrage culture insists that everyone who holds a view that’s different from our own is not just mistaken, they must be evil and shunned. That’s wrong. I know too many good people in South Carolina who think differently about the flag but who are not the least bit racist.”
The women of “The View,” however, were not amused.
NIKKI HALEY EXPLAINS CONFEDERATE FLAG COMMENTS: We discuss her slamming “outrage culture” in response to criticism of her comments saying the flag had meant “sacrifice and heritage” until its ideals were “hijacked” by the 2015 Charleston church shooter. https://t.co/uLsbjUa2Af pic.twitter.com/2vwcFYLpj8
— The View (@TheView) December 12, 2019
As reported at Fox News, Joy Behar was immediately dismissive of Haley’s point of view, claiming the former Trump administration official was merely “talking out of two sides of her mouth.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin believes Haley’s op-ed remarks are in fact “disqualifying for her to run for national office.” Hostin fumed: “She’s saying now that it’s because of outrage culture that you could never now remove the flag from the South Carolina capitol — and I think what’s interesting is she’s now trying to diminish the very oppression of my community, of my ancestors, by calling it outrage,” the angered co-host proclaimed. Hostin then doubled down: “Well, I am outraged by that position.’
It remains to be seen whether or not Haley will attempt to parlay her experience into national office, but the controversy surrounding the confederate flag could prove to be a campaign issue down the road.
Written by Red Blue Divide editorial staff.