Indian American Republican leader asks party to become a party of inclusion.
Breaking with President Donald Trump, popular Indian American Republican leader has sharply criticized her former boss over the Capitol riot and his behavior since the election, saying his actions “will be judged harshly by history.”
“President Trump has not always chosen the right words,” the former UN ambassador told Republican National Committee members in a closed-door speech Thursday evening, Politico reported.
“He was wrong with his words in Charlottesville, and I told him so at the time,” she was quoted as saying during an appearance at the RNC’s winter meeting on Amelia Island, Florida.
“He was badly wrong with his words yesterday. And it wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history,” Haley said.
The first ever person of Indian descent to get a cabinet level job, Haley is one of several former senior Trump administration officials to scold the president in the wake of Wednesday’s mob uprising at the US Capitol.
Haley, who is widely regarded as a likely 2024 presidential candidate, also called out Democrats and technology and social media companies for “inflam[ing] the American people’s passions beyond constructive boundaries,” Politico said citing a person familiar with her remarks.
But she also said the Republican Party played a role, adding that “if we are the party of personal responsibility, we need to take personal responsibility.”
“We can and should talk about our major differences,” Haley said. “But we must stop turning the American people against each other — and this Republican Party must lead the way.”
Haley acknowledged that Republicans faced a “tough reality” and said they had “some decisions to make about the political predicament” they find themselves in.
“We can whine about it. We can complain about it. We can blame each other for it. Or we can do something about it. If you ask me, there’s no whining in politics,” she added.
After an election in which the Republicans took a drubbing in suburban areas, Haley, a former South Carolina governor suggested the party embrace inclusion.
“This Republican Party is a home for anyone, because we stand for the principles that matter to everyone. This is not the time to abandon those principles,” she said.
“It is the time to proclaim them, proudly, from the suburbs to the cities to the farms all across the country,” Haley said.
In what might be an early preview of a future campaign platform, Haley used part of her speech to highlight her record as UN ambassador, Politico said.
Wednesday’s riot has been a major point of discussion at the RNC meeting besides party’s twin defeats in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoffs, which will give Democrats control of both chambers of Congress as well as the presidency later this month, it said.
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