Haley is in an uphill battle for the Republican nomination. But her climb to the top just got a lot worse.
And Nikki Haley’s campaign is on life support after this disturbing statement.
Haley has been on a bit of a momentum surge after participating in the first few Republican primary debates.
According to a recent Emerson College polls that surveyed New Hampshire voters, Haley sits at 18% in second place behind former President Donald Trump who is at 49%. She’s even passed Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is polling at 7% in the Granite State.
But those positive numbers may not last for long after Haley announced a plan to crackdown on social media users.
“When I get into office, the first thing we have to do…social media companies they have to show America their algorithms. Let us see why they’re pushing what they’re pushing,” Haley said to Fox News.
“The second thing is every person on social media should be verified by their name. First of all, it’s a national security threat. When you do that, all of a sudden people have to stand by what they say.”
“And it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots, and the Chinese bots. And then you’re going to get some civility when people know their name is next to what they say. And they know their pastor and their family members are going to see it,” she continued.
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“It’s going to help our kids and it’s going to help our country,” Haley added.
Ron DeSantis didn’t hesitate to criticize his competitor for her statements.
He argued that Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, all who helped write the Federalist Papers, could be compared to those who write anonymously online.
“They were not ‘national security threats,’ nor are the many conservative Americans across the country who exercise their Constitutional right to voice their opinions without fear of being harassed or canceled by the school they go to or the company they work for,” DeSantis said.
“Haley’s proposal to ban anonymous speech online – similar to what China recently did – is dangerous and unconstitutional.”
Fellow Republican candidate for president, Vivek Ramaswamy said that Haley’s social media comments were “disgusting” and also used the Federalist Papers’ authors to illustrate why it’s important for people to obtain their anonymity online.
Former New Jersey Governor and Republican candidate Chris Christie responded by saying, “I think it’s, again, typical of the simplistic slogan answers that you get from Gov. Haley.”
Nikki Haley’s proposal on social media verification is completely against the stance of current conservatives.
It’s arguably a violation of free speech by not allowing users to post what they want while staying anonymous.
This move by Haley could very well suck the life out of her campaign as the primaries approach at the beginning of 2024.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.