Nikki Haley Has a Sudden Realization: States Cannot Simply Secede at Will

Nikki Haley Suddenly Remembers States Can’t Actually Just Secede If They Feel Like It

Nikki Haley, currently engaged in a presidential campaign, recently found herself in the spotlight for comments suggesting a misunderstanding of US history and the legality of states seceding from the nation.

During an appearance on CNN, Haley was prompted to clarify remarks she had made earlier, asserting that states possess the right to secede from the US. Specifically referencing Texas, she remarked, “If that whole state says, ‘We don’t want to be part of America anymore,’ I mean, that’s their decision to make.” She emphasized her belief in states’ autonomy and the importance of local decision-making.

However, historical precedent and constitutional law refute such assertions. The Supreme Court ruled in 1869 that states do not have the authority to unilaterally secede from the Union.

Nikki Haley
Nikki Haley (Credits: POLITICO)

When pressed by CNN’s Dana Bash, Haley acknowledged this, stating, “According to the Constitution, they can’t.” She clarified her stance, highlighting the importance of states’ ability to protect themselves while acknowledging that secession is not constitutionally permissible.

Haley’s remarks on secession are part of a pattern of controversial statements, including her omission of slavery as a cause of the Civil War and her assertion that the US has never been racist.

Despite these missteps, Haley’s candidacy in the GOP primary offers a perspective that, in the context of US history and racial issues, maybe more palatable than some alternatives.

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