On Tuesday, Nikki Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the UN, formally announced the start of her 2024 presidential campaign. She is the first Republican to do so against former President Donald Trump.
In a video statement shared on Twitter, Haley said, “It’s time for a new generation of leadership to rediscover budgetary responsibility, secure our border, and strengthen our country, pride, and purpose.”
“They all believe that we are weak and may be abused. I don’t tolerate bullies, and kicking back hurts them more if you’re wearing heels, so you should be aware of that about me, she continued.
Trump made his candidacy public in November.
Haley is a longtime friend of the Jewish community and the Republican Jewish Coalition, according to Sam Markstein, national political director of the RJC, who recently spoke with JNS.
He praised her for having “a fantastic record of accomplishment on the issues we care about: being an outspoken champion of Israel at the United Nations, a stalwart opponent of Iran, and standing shoulder to shoulder with the Jewish community in the battle against antisemitism.”
As U.N., Haley participated in the General Assembly’s first-ever vote to denounce Hamas for a terror assault against Israel while ambassador in 2017–18. In light of recent antisemitic incidents around the world and terror acts in Israel, she has openly stated the need to combat antisemitism and support Israel.
She stated that for peace in the Middle East, Washington must stand firmly and unwaveringly with Israel in a speech she gave in Montreal in December.
“A powerful America deters war. It comes down to leadership, and America needs to show that leadership by giving Israel and its friends unwavering support, among other things, she said.
Haley refuted a comparison to the Holocaust made by President Joe Biden in January.
“Well, I think it is a human right if your family is being persecuted, if you’re being dealt with in a way—like I thought it was a human right for, you know, Jews in Germany to be able to go and escape and get help where they could,” Biden said in response to a reporter’s question about whether immigration was a fundamental human right.
However, the people in this nation also have basic rights that are recognized as real, which is the other side of the coin. We reassure the visitors that they have undergone background checks and have been cleared of criminal activity and problems.
The former governor of South Carolina, Haley, responded to Biden on Twitter by saying, “No. the systematic and deliberate killing of 6 million Jews in Nazi death camps is not the same. You’re a disgrace. Don’t belittle the Holocaust to score political points.”
In a speech she gave in October at the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Friends of Jerusalem College of Technology, she also discussed antisemitism.
Haley told the gathering of 500, “We have to speak out against antisemitism every time we see it.” Every time we see it, we must speak up. Every time they do that, we need to make fun of them. We also need to remind authorities to speak up.
Get excited! Time for a new generation.
Let’s do this! 👊 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BD5k4WY1CP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 14, 2023