On Thursday, rival Nikki Haley was subjected to criticism for her remarks on the Civil War by Florida Governor and Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis.
Haley had received similar criticism the day prior regarding her response to a query at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire.
Haley responded on Wednesday when asked about the cause of the Civil War, “The cause of the Civil War was essentially how the government was going to operate.”
Haley responded to an audience member’s surprise that she had not addressed the topic of slavery by asking, “What do you want me to say about slavery?”
DeSantis declared on Thursday that Haley was not prepared for primetime and claimed to be unable to comprehend her remarks.
“You know, I noticed that Nikki Haley has had some problems with some basic American history. She’s asked a very simple question and responded with just a really incomprehensible word salad about this and that,” DeSantis said during a discussion with reporters.
“And, you know, she asked the voter, what do you want her to say about this or that? And then now is taking different positions in this. And so I just think that this shows this is not a candidate that’s ready for primetime. She’s gotten a pretty free ride from a lot of the corporate press. The minute that she faces any type of scrutiny, she tends to cave, and I think that that’s what you saw yesterday. Not that difficult to identify and acknowledge the role slavery played in the Civil War.” he continued.
“And yet that seemed to be something that was really difficult. I don’t even know what she was saying if you listen to that answer, I know she’s trying to clean it up, I know she’s trying to blame a Democrat plant. Look, I mean, you’re going to get asked a lot of questions.” he added.
“I mean, you’re gonna get asked a lot of tough questions. That’s just the nature of this business. And I think that she’s shown time and time again that when it’s time, when the lights get hot, that she wilts under pressure. And that was a good example last night.” he concluded.