Presidential Candidates 2024: Nikki Haley Confronts Civil War Controversy
Nikki Haley Running for President: ‘SNL’ Skewers Her Civil War Comments
Ayo Edebiri, the host of Saturday Night Live (SNL), confronted Nikki Haley, a Republican presidential candidate, about her controversial comments about the Civil War.
Haley’s Civil War Controversy
In December 2023, during a New Hampshire town hall event, Haley was asked about the cause of the Civil War. She responded that it was about “how government was going to run — the freedoms and what people could and couldn’t do,” without explicitly mentioning slavery.
This response drew criticism from many, who pointed out that slavery was the primary cause of the war.
‘SNL’ Sketch: Edebiri Confronts Haley
In a cold open sketch on SNL, Edebiri, playing a student, approached Haley, played by Chloe Fineman.
“I was just curious, what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War, and do you think it starts with an S and ends with a lavery?” Edebiri asked.
Haley responded, “Yeah, I probably should’ve said that the first time.“
Haley’s Reaction and Backlash
Haley’s appearance on SNL drew mixed reactions from viewers. Some praised the show for addressing the controversy, while others criticized it for giving Haley a platform.
Haley herself responded to the sketch on Twitter, saying, “The left is trying to cancel me because I said the Civil War was about more than slavery. They’re wrong. The war was about states’ rights, and it was about the future of our country.”
Other 2024 Presidential Candidates
Haley is one of several candidates who have announced their intention to run for president in 2024. Others include former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The candidates are expected to face off in a series of debates and primaries before the general election in November 2024.
Nikki Haley’s controversial comments about the Civil War have made her a target of criticism. Her appearance on ‘SNL‘ has only added to the debate, with some people praising the show for addressing the issue and others criticizing it for giving Haley a platform.
As the 2024 presidential election approaches, it is likely that Haley’s comments will continue to be a topic of discussion.