Hailey, widely considered a likely candidate for president in 2024, called on Democrats and technology and social media for “inflammation”[ing] the passions of the American people beyond constructive boundaries. “
But she also said the GOP had played a role, adding that “if we are a country of personal responsibility, we must take personal responsibility.”
“We can and should talk about our main differences,” Haley said. “But we must stop turning the American people against each other – and this Republican Party must lead.”
Among the topics discussed are the party’s double defeats in Georgia’s Senate run-off on Tuesday, which will give Democrats control of both houses of Congress and the presidency later this month. Some attendees have privately blamed the president for the defeats, arguing that his relentless and baseless allegations of voter fraud are hampering GOP’s turnout.
Hailey acknowledged that Republicans face a “difficult reality” and said they must “make some decisions about the political situation” in which they find themselves.
“We can whine about it. We can complain about that. We can blame each other for this. Or we can do something about it. If you ask me, there is no whining in politics, “she added.
Hailey, a former governor of South Carolina, is one of several 2024 candidates to attend the RNC meeting. South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also spoke Thursday. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will speak Friday.
Hailey – in what could be an early preview of a future election platform – used part of his speech to highlight his record as a UN ambassador. And after elections in which the party rose in the suburbs, Hailey proposed that the party accept inclusion.
“This Republican Party is home to everyone because we stand for principles that are important to all. This is not the time to abandon these principles. It’s time to announce them with pride from the suburbs to the cities to the farms across the country, “she said.
Wednesday’s riot was the main topic of discussion at the meeting. During a breakfast with RNC members earlier in the day, party chairman Rona McDaniel acknowledged that images of Trump supporters storming the Capitol harmed the party.