Haley, widely viewed as a likely 2024 presidential candidate, called on Democrats, tech and social media companies to “inflam.”[ing] the passions of the American people beyond constructive boundaries. “
But she also said that the GOP played a role, adding that “if we are the party of personal responsibility, we must take personal responsibility”.
“We can and should talk about our big differences,” said Haley. “But we have to stop turning the American people against one another – and this Republican Party has to lead the way.”
Haley’s remarks came on the second day of the RNC’s annual winter meeting, which is attended by GOP officials from across the country. With Trump on the verge of stepping down from office in two weeks, participants have grappled with questions about the party’s future.
Among the topics discussed are the party’s one-two defeats in Tuesday’s Georgia Senate runoff, which will give the Democrats control of both chambers of congress and the presidency later this month. Some participants have blamed the president privately for the defeats, arguing that his relentless and unfounded allegations of electoral fraud have dampened the GOP’s turnout.
Haley acknowledged that Republicans were facing a “harsh reality” and said they had “some choices to make to determine the political situation” in which they find themselves.
“We can complain 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 is no whining in politics, ”she added.
Haley, a former South Carolina governor, is one of several potential 2024 candidates appearing at the RNC meeting. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also appeared Thursday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is due to speak on Friday.
Haley – in what may be an early preview of a future campaign platform – used part of her speech to highlight her record as the United States Ambassador. And after an election in which the party drubbing in suburbs, Haley suggested the party welcome the inclusion.
“This Republican Party is a home for everyone because we stand for the principles that are important to all. This is not the time to give up these principles. It is time to proudly proclaim them from the suburbs to the cities to the farms across the country, ”she said.
The uprising on Wednesday was an important point of discussion at the meeting. During a breakfast with RNC members earlier in the day, party leader Ronna McDaniel admitted that pictures of Trump supporters storming the Capitol caused harm to the party.