Nikki Haley, a Republican nominee for the presidency, strongly criticized the Obama administration’s policies, which she believes exacerbated racial divisions. As a former ambassador to the United Nations and an individual of Indian descent, she expressed her disapproval of Obama’s approach, arguing that it perpetuated a narrative portraying non-white individuals as victims instead of empowering them to realize their potential in America.
In an article published in The Daily Mail on June 21, Nikki Haley expressed her criticism of the first black president of the United States, emphasizing his alleged lack of pride in his country. Haley recounted an incident where Obama criticized her for stating that America is not racist, instead of acknowledging the progress symbolized by a woman of Indian heritage running for the presidency.
During her speech at the Republican National Convention in April, Haley, a former president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, highlighted that America is not a racist nation. Prior to her presidential ambitions, Haley served three terms in the South Carolina state House and made history as the first female governor of South Carolina in 2014.
In 2017, former President Donald Trump selected Nikki Haley, despite her immigrant background, to represent the United States at the United Nations. Demonstrating her success in both business and politics, Haley has now entered the presidential race. Regardless of personal opinions about her, it is undeniable that Nikki Haley has not been hindered by discrimination.
However, former President Obama seems to argue otherwise. Despite his own prosperous legal career prior to his election to the Senate and subsequently the White House, Obama dismissed Haley as a minority candidate within the Republican Party who would simply endorse the idea that “everything’s great, we can make it.” In response to Obama’s remarks, Haley strongly criticized him in her article for The Daily Mail. She questioned whether he believed he was the only minority capable of being elected president and added that he should have known better.
Haley highlighted the fact that Obama himself used to express a similar sense of optimism about America. She pointed out that during his time as a senator, Obama spoke about his admiration for the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and commended the “opportunity” that enabled him to ascend to the highest position in the world as the leader of the sole superpower.