Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Harris to hold fundraiser for McAuliffe ahead of Virginia governor's race MORE (R) on Monday called on every governor to ban funding for critical race theory.
During an interview on Fox News’s “America Reports,” Haley decried the decades-old academic theory, stating that it will have “long-lasting” effects on the way children see themselves.
“Every governor in the county needs to ban funding for critical race theory. Governors can decide this,” Haley, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said.
“This will have effects that will go long-lasting into our kids. They don’t need to be judged from the second they walk into school. They don’t need to be told which label they are when they walk into school. We need to treat kids as the opportunities they’re going to be to fix America not break them before they start,” Haley said.
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The comments come as several GOP-led states have taken action to limit the teaching of critical race theory, which examines the impact of race on America’s laws and institutions. Republicans argue that the theory divides children over race and is in itself discriminatory.
Haley said the theory teaches white kids that they’re “bad” and that Black and brown kids are “never enough.”
“Think about a 5-year-old that starts kindergarten and they don’t know anything about color. If she’s white, you’re telling her that she’s bad. If she’s brown or Black, you’re telling her she’s never enough and she’ll always be a victim,” Haley said. “That is harmful for the very wellbeing of our children.”
Haley is among a handful of high-profile Republicans seen as a possible contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024. She was one of six candidates to receive 1 percent support in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll this weekend.
Haley said that she wouldn’t run if former President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE decided to enter the race but noted that the GOP’s priority should be the 2022 midterm elections.
“I don’t think I would have to make a decision until 2023. If the president ran, I would never run against him. I’m loyal, I support him, I always have he’s a friend,” Haley said.
“You know, I think right now we have to understand that 2024 won’t matter if we don’t win 2022. House, Senate, governors races have never been more important than they are right now,” Haley said.