Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was put in a difficult position in 2015. The Confederate flag, beloved by many Southerners as a symbol of cultural pride, unity, and heritage, was suddenly under siege. Because it was a component of photographs taken by Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof, it became a symbol of modern white supremacy and hate – or, at least, was made into one by left-wing activists looking for their next meaningless cause.
Haley made the only choice she could; she immediately called for the flag’s removal from state government land. She was widely heralded for that choice, and it helped give her the national political weight to be named President Trump’s UN ambassador.
But now, four years later, leftists are trying to make it sound as though Haley is a Confederate apologist.
In an interview with Glenn Beck last week, Haley discussed the period after the shooting.
“Here is this guy that comes out with his manifesto, holding the Confederate flag, and had just hijacked everything that people thought of,” Haley said. “People saw it as service and sacrifice and heritage, but once he did that, there was no way to overcome it.”
Media Matters – a leftist watchdog group – and Axios, a political site, tweeted out Haley’s quote as though she herself was saying that the flag was a symbol of “service, sacrifice, and heritage.” Which, frankly, even if she had said that, we wouldn’t take issue with it. But the point is that she didn’t, she hasn’t, and these groups were deliberately taking her quote out of context in a pathetic attempt to get her “canceled.”
“2015 was a painful time for our state,” Haley tweeted in response to the attack on her. “The pain was and is still real. Below was my call for the removal of the Confederate flag. I stand by it. I continue to be proud of the people of [South Carolina] and how we turned the hate of a killer into the love for each other.”
She included a link to a New York Times op-ed from 2015, where she laid out her careful thoughts – none of which could be construed by the wackiest leftists as even vaguely “pro-Confederate.”
In addition to illustrating the depths to which the left will sink to attack someone, this incident shows that there is also no value for Republicans in pandering to their cancel culture. Are you listening, Chick-fil-A?