Nikki Haley told attendees at the Federalist Society’s annual convention Friday that Donald Trump won the 2016 election in spite of what elected Republicans have done over the past decade, not because of their actions.
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She called for the party to examine itself and move toward principles of freedom, limited government and inclusivity.
The South Carolina governor stated that “President Trump will likely have the ability to shape the Supreme Court for a generation, and thanks in large part to the people in this room, America should be a much better, much more just nation because of it.”
Still, Haley — widely considered a finalist to serve as Trump’s Secretary of State — noted that “this election brought with it countless things we never thought we’d see” and “lessons that we must acknowledge honestly and problems that we must fix.”
“The after-the-fact dissection of a presidential candidate almost always focuses on the losing side,” she continued. “That’s understandable, but if we as Republicans are going to lead effectively and have staying power as the governing party, we must accept that Donald Trump’s election was not an affirmation of the way Republicans have conducted themselves.”
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