Nikki Haley has enjoyed a massive surge in support over the last few months.
That, however, may mean nothing after comments she made about not allowing anonymous social media posts.
Nikki Haley blew up social media this week with a comment about anonymous posting.
Haley believes that anonymous posters are at the root of the problems with hateful posts on social media.
“It is why when I get into office, the first thing we have to do, social media accounts— social media companies, they have to show America their algorithms. Let us see why they’re pushing what they’re pushing. The second thing is every person on social media should be verified by their name.
“First of all, it’s a national security threat. When you do that, all of a sudden people have to stand by what they say, and it gets rid of the Russian bots, the Iranian bots, and the Chinese bots. And then you’re gonna get some civility when people know their name is next to what they say, and they know their pastor and their family member’s gonna see it. It’s gonna help our kids and it’s gonna help our country.”
It did not take long for the DeSantis campaign to respond to the comments made by Haley.
“You know who were anonymous writers back in the day? Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison when they wrote the Federalist Papers.
“They were not ‘national security threats,’ nor are the many conservative Americans across the country who exercise their Constitutional right to voice their opinions without fear of being harassed or canceled by the school they go to or the company they work for.”
He then took his shot at Haley directly, adding:
“Haley's proposal to ban anonymous speech online — similar to what China recently did — is dangerous and unconstitutional.
“It will be dead on arrival in my administration.”
You know who were anonymous writers back in the day? Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison when they wrote the Federalist Papers.
They were not "national security threats," nor are the many conservative Americans across the country who exercise their Constitutional… https://t.co/YkAGMhUVCX
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) November 15, 2023
He was not alone in calling out Haley, as a truckload of prominent conservatives went after her.
Mark Levin posted:
You would think with all the evidence, court decisions, congressional hearings demonstrating the federal government's abuses of free speech, censorship, monitoring, and all the rest, a Republican running for president would have some concern about further empowering the federal… https://t.co/XNHDfsf4yy
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 15, 2023
As did Chrisina Pushaw:
NEW: Nikki Haley asserts that allowing people to post on social media anonymously is a "national security threat". She promises that as president, she will force "every person on social media" to be "verified by their name."
I am no lawyer but isn't this blatantly… pic.twitter.com/MD7CcBZL5r
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) November 14, 2023
The list of pushback on this idea was endless, possibly putting an end to that surge that Haley has enjoyed to this point.
Had Haley stopped at eliminating bots from sites like X, this would have been a winning statement, but literally advocating for the doxxing of all social media users is not going to sit well with conservatives, or liberals, for that matter.
Up to this point, I have stated that I thought a DeSantis-Haley ticket could give Trump a run for his money if they teamed up before voting started. That idea, however, has just gone out the window, as I think DeSantis would be wrong to go anywhere near Haley right now.
Honestly, I think she may have just killed her future political aspirations, as these comments make her virtually untouchable at this point.
Polling will give us a better idea of how much damage this did to her campaign, but I don’t see any way that she recovers from this.
For all intents and purposes, Haley’s campaign and future career ended the moment those words came out of her mouth.