Ex-Trump official Nikki Haley comments on Confederate flag, Dylann Roof

Ex-Trump official Nikki Haley comments on Confederate flag, Dylann Roof

U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, September 15, 2017.Carlos Barria | Reuters

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, September 15, 2017.

Carlos Barria | Reuters

Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley ignited controversy Friday as a clip of her in a recent interview discussing the Confederate flag went viral.

Haley told The Blaze that South Carolina residents viewed the Confederate battle flag as being about “service, and sacrifice, and heritage” before white supremacist mass shooter Dylann Roof “hijacked” it by killing nine black church members in the state in 2015.

Those comments drew criticism from numerous people on Twitter.

“I beg you to stop pandering to racists,” said one message directed at Haley.

But Haley in her own Twitter response to the criticism pointed to her statement in 2015 when, as governor of South Carolina, she called for removal of the battle flag from the statehouse grounds on the heels of Roof’s rampage.

In that speech, Haley said that some people had a positive view of the flag, while others viewed it negatively.

“For many people in the state,” the Confederate flag stood for “traditions of…



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