Nikki Haley Hails Republicans’ Election Wins

Former U.N. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley celebrated Republican electoral wins in Virginia on Wednesday. She advised the GOP to not become arrogant and to concentrate on the task at hand. 

“This is parents’ way of telling government: Don’t mess with our kids,” Haley said Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation as she delivered the annual Margaret Thatcher Freedom Lecture. “It is people who are done with all the culture wars, and see the ridiculousness of it.”

Glenn Youngkin, a former business executive, defeated Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s highly publicized gubernatorial race on Tuesday evening. This race was driven by parental rebellions against culture warfare in public schools across the country.

Virginia Republicans won the statewide races of lieutenant governor, attorney general, and retook control of General Assembly’s House of Delegates.

Haley, who also served as the first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, said the wins send a message to President Joe Biden that “he needs to quit listening to ‘the Squad’ and start looking at conservatism,” referring to the group of far-left female Democrats in the House of Representatives led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, R-N.Y.

Former U.N. Ambassador Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks Wednesday to The Heritage Foundation. (Photo: Willis Bretz)

“Because what they are doing is, they are trying to take us down the track of socialism,” Haley said. “That’s not what America wants. America doesn’t want government telling them how to live. America doesn’t want [the government]Telling them how to parent. America doesn’t want them telling who will be successful and who won’t.” 

“The people of Virginia said ‘no,’ the people of New Jersey are saying ‘no,’ and I think everyone in America is going to say ‘no’ in 2022,” she said of next year’s midterm elections. 

Haley campaigned in person to support Jack Ciattarelli (Republican gubernatorial Candidate for New Jersey), who is running against incumbent New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat remains too close for comfort. 

Former U.N. ambassador stressed the vital role the United States plays in the global arena. 

“I’ve watched,” she said. “When America speaks, the world listens. The world follows America’s lead. The rest of the world wants America to do what it does. That’s amazing. That should be our goal. That is what we should be focusing on. And we have that opportunity.”

Haley said that her “hope for Republicans,” when “people look at Virginia and New Jersey,” is that Republicans will not become arrogant about their electoral success this week. 

“Don’t get arrogant. Don’t think we got this, because we don’t,” she said. “This is about connecting with every single person. This is about expanding our reach to Hispanics, Asians, and African-Americans. This is about making sure everyone knows that our solutions are the right ones, and we are going to lift up everyone.”

This is when we go through the transition. When we do the hard work and win, which is what we will, that’s when the real test begins. Because this is when we have the opportunity to prove that we deserve to be there.

A Haley spokesperson told The Daily Signal that Haley, a former U.N. ambassador, helped raise more $1 million for Virginia candidates. This included $400,000 for Youngkin. Her issue-advocacy group, Stand for America, released a digital ad supporting Virginia parents called “You’re A Parent” in October. 


“Don’t mess with our kids,” Haley repeatedly emphasized Wednesday. 

“What you have with critical race theory is the idea that a five-year-old girl would go into kindergarten who doesn’t see race,” the former South Carolina governor explained. “And if she is white, you’re telling her she’s bad. And if she’s brown or black, you’re telling her she’ll never be enough, and she’ll always be a victim. It’s abusive. It’s un-American.” 

“Look, we are not a perfect country,” she continued. “We have our scars. We are still suffering from the effects of slavery. We also have the scars from slavery, where women were kept back. We have overcome these scars. When we teach history, we should teach the good, evil, ugly, and beautiful. That’s what we need to be teaching. That’s the only way we will learn.” 

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