Nikki Haley Defends Controversial Confederate Flag Comments

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attends a media briefing during the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2018 in New York City.

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley took heat Friday for appearing to defend the Confederate flag in an interview with Blaze TV’s Glenn Beck, suggesting that convicted mass murderer Dylann Roof “hijacked it.”

Haley took to Twitter to defend her comments and link to a New York Times transcript of her 2015 call to have the Confederate flag removed, NBC News reports.

“2015 was a painful time for our state. 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 SC and how we turned the hate of a killer into the love for each other.”

Haley’s defense came after many mocked her on social media for her comments. Historian Kevin Levin called her claims “nonsense,” while comedian W. Kamau Bell suggested she “failed 8th grade social studies” with her controversial take.

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