(TheRedWire.com) – Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley recently expressed her belief that states, including Texas, have the right to secede from the United States if they choose to do so, a stance that contradicts more than 150 years of established legal precedent.
During an interview focused on Texas’ ongoing border dispute with the federal government, Haley reiterated her perspective. When asked if she would employ force as president to prevent Texas from seceding, she asserted, “I believe in states’ rights, and I think everything should be decided as close to the people as possible. While I recognize that such a scenario is unlikely, I believe that states should have the autonomy to make decisions aligned with their citizens’ wishes.”
She continued, “If an entire state decides they no longer wish to be part of the United States, that should ultimately be their choice. Government should not dictate how people live or make choices; we should uphold the principles of freedom.”
It’s worth noting that Haley previously expressed a similar viewpoint in 2010, arguing that the U.S. Constitution grants states the right to secede.
However, it’s essential to acknowledge that the U.S. Supreme Court, in its 1869 ruling in Texas v. White, established that the United States is “an indestructible union.” The court emphasized that when Texas became a state, it entered into an indissoluble relationship with the nation.
Nikki Haley, currently running for the Republican presidential nomination, finds herself trailing behind the front-runner, Donald Trump. Despite her dedication to continuing her campaign through Super Tuesday on March 5, she has opted not to appear on the Nevada caucus ballot, conceding all delegates to Trump. In her home state’s upcoming primary on Feb. 24, she faces a significant deficit, trailing Trump by 26 points in the polls.
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