Joe Biden Has Blunt 4-Word Reply To Nikki Haley's 'Civil War' Dodge

The Republican presidential candidate faced intense backlash after she declined to identify slavery as the cause of the Civil War.

President Joe Biden had a simple response to a question that Nikki Haley seemed to have trouble answering.

At a Wednesday town hall event in Berlin, New Hampshire, a voter asked the Republican presidential candidate to state the cause of the American Civil War. In a reply that went viral, Haley said the war was about the role of government and “the freedoms of what people could and couldn’t do.”

“It was about slavery,” Biden offered in a post on X, formerly Twitter, sharing a clip of Haley’s exchange.

Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, was widely criticized for failing to mention slavery in her response. The questioner at the town hall said: “In the year 2023, it’s astonishing to me that you answer that question without mentioning the word ‘slavery.’”

“What do you want me to say about slavery?” Haley countered. “Next question.”

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. In its 1860 declaration stating its reasons for doing so, the state’s government cited “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery.”

By Thursday morning, Haley seemed interested in pivoting a little from her original answer.

“Of course the Civil War was about slavery. We know that,” she said in a radio interview with The Pulse of NH. “That’s the easy part of it. What I was saying was, what does it mean to us today? What it means to us today is about freedom. That’s what that was all about.”

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