The nation’s Civil War legacy has risen again in Nikki Haley‘s presidential campaign, this time as she tried to clean up an odd comment took a laissez faire position on the Texas seceding from the union.

The former South Carolina walked back and earlier comment where she said states have the right to ‘make the decisions that their people want to make’ and that if Texas wants to secede ‘they can do that.’

She brushed off the matter in a Thursday interview with Fox News digital. 

‘It’s not about secession. Nobody’s going to do that. That’s not what people are talking about. What they are talking about is why isn’t the president there, keeping Texans safe,’ she said. 

She spoke amid fury over the border crisis and a test of wills and jurisdiction that has already gone up to the Supreme Court.

If at first you don't secede: Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley walked back comments where she said Texas 'can do that' after being asked if the state could secede from the Union

If at first you don't secede: Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley walked back comments where she said Texas 'can do that' after being asked if the state could secede from the Union

If at first you don’t secede: Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley walked back comments where she said Texas ‘can do that’ after being asked if the state could secede from the Union

The Supreme Court has allowed the federal government to remove razor wire installed by the Texas Guard at the direction of the state’s governor Gregg Abbott. The Biden administration sought authority for Border Patrol to cut razor wire on a section along the Rio Grande where there have been border deaths.

Haley made her original comments to interviewer Charlamagne Tha God on ‘The Breakfast Club.’

He asked her about Texas secession – an idea that traces its roots back to the 1900s – in the context of the border spat.

‘If Texas decides they want to do that. They can do that,’ Haley responded.

‘If that whole state says, “We don’t want to be part of America anymore” — I mean, that’s their decision to make. But I don’t think government needs to tell people how to live, how to do anything. I mean, I think that we need to let freedom live’, she said.

Her interviewer asked if she would use force as president should Texas try to secede over the border issue. ‘I believe in states’ rights. I believe that everything should be as close to the people to decide,’ she said.

War of words: Haley botched a question about the causes of the Civil War while campaigning in New Hampshire. She later allowed 'of course' it was about slavery

War of words: Haley botched a question about the causes of the Civil War while campaigning in New Hampshire. She later allowed 'of course' it was about slavery

War of words: Haley botched a question about the causes of the Civil War while campaigning in New Hampshire. She later allowed ‘of course’ it was about slavery

It comes amid a tense clash between the federal government and Texas over authority over the border

It comes amid a tense clash between the federal government and Texas over authority over the border

It comes amid a tense clash between the federal government and Texas over authority over the border

The incident came a little over a month after Haley gave a bizarre answer when was asked the reason before the Civil War and she gave a long answer that entirely left out slavery. 

‘What do you want me to say about slavery?’ she told the man who asked her about it in New Hampshire man, who her team later accused of being a plant. She took heat at the time from her then-primary rivals including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, then cleaned up that remark.

‘Of course the Civil War was about slavery,’ she said.

Her secession stumble comes as Haley is campaign across her home state even while trailing former President Donald Trump by double digits there. She is still holding nationwide fundraisers and doing regular national cable interviews. 

 

 

 

I think states have the right to make the decisions that their people want to make 

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