Who is Nikki Haley, the “anti-Kamala” Republican candidate who challenges Trump

Elizabeth Smith

Nikki Haley stated that “we cannot go through another four years of chaos. And if Donald Trump is elected, there will be another four years of chaos.”

At the debate on CNN Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley accused each other, in an attempt to present themselves as the main alternative to Trump, who is considered the favorite in the polls for next autumn’s presidential election. But, whose candidacy is called into question from the investigations and the assault on Congress by his supporters in January 2021.

Who is Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley is the daughter of two Sikh immigrants to the United States from the state of Punjab in India. Her maiden name is Nimrata Randhawa. She took her surname from her husband. She was born in 1972 in Bamberg, South Carolina.

At a very young age she converted to Christianity and worked as an accountant for the family clothing store. She graduated in accounting, got married in 1996 and 2004, at the age of 32 she officially entered politics as a representative in the South Carolina House. A surprise victory reconfirmed in 2006 and 2008.

The appointment to Governor of South Carolina

Haley was elected governor of South Carolina in 2010. She became the state’s first female governor and the first from an ethnic minority, and was confirmed in 2014. She enjoyed the support of the Tea Party, a very conservative wing of the Republican Party.

At the beginning of 2016, she responded for the Republicans to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. This is an occasion typically reserved for the party’s rising stars.

Trump appointed her American ambassador to the United Nations, where Haley stood out for having convinced China and Russia to impose sanctions on North Korea and for her tough position against Iran and in defense of Israel.

Haley as US Ambassador to the UN

During her tenure, Washington withdrew from the Paris Agreement and the United Nations Human Rights Council. She resigned from the position after two years, in October 2018.

She criticized the UN several times, she was nicknamed “anti-Kamala” Harris, the current vice president of the United States. In the Republican primaries race, she is the candidate who has expressed the most conviction in U.S. support for Ukraine being invaded by Russia. A position she also reiterated in the debate: “Let me tell you why Ukraine should matter. This is a freedom-loving country.”

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