Nikki Haley Slams DeSantis

Nikki Haley

( – 2024 Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has gone after her potential GOP nomination rival Ron DeSantis by arguing his “Don’t Say Gay” bill wasn’t stringent enough.

Last week, Haley became the second bidder to enter the race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination after Donald Trump.

A former US ambassador to the UN, Haley launched her campaign in her home state of South Carolina, where she was governor from 2011-2017.

At a town hall event in Exeter, New Hampshire, Haley insisted the Parental Rights in Education Act that Florida adopted under the DeSantis administration “doesn’t go far enough.”

The law called by the left the “Don’t Say Gay” bill bans elementary and primary school teachers from talking to students about sex and gender until the third grade.

“Basically, what it said was you shouldn’t be able to talk about gender before third grade. I’m sorry, I don’t think that goes far enough,” Haley said.

“When I was in school you didn’t have sex ed until seventh grade. And even then, your parents had to sign whether you could take the class,” she added, as cited by Newsmax.

Florida’s governor has been pointing out that the law doesn’t contain the phrase “Don’t Say ‘Gay,’” which is why the mainstream media’s criticism has been unfair.

Haley had some good words about DeSantis in a Fox News interview after the New Hampshire town hall.

However, she also declared that elementary school teachers ought not to have any gender and sexuality conversations whatsoever with the school children they teach.

“I think Ron’s been a good governor. I just think that third grade’s too young. We should not be talking to kids in elementary school about gender, period,” the former US ambassador said.

“And if you are going to talk to kids about it, you need to get the parents’ permission to do that. That is something between a parent and a child. That is not something that schools need to be teaching,” stated Haley.

The 2024 Republican presidential hopeful has two grown children, one of whom is a pediatric nurse.

Latest public opinion polls rank Haley as a third or fourth choice for Republican voters for the 2024 party nomination, though she remains in the single digits.

According to the current polling average of RealClearPolitics, former President Donald Trump is the favorite for the 2024 GOP nomination, with 45.6% support among Republican voters.

DeSantis comes in second with 30.2%, followed by former Vice President Mike Pence with 6.4%.

Haley ranks fourth with 4.6% support. She is followed by former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Ted Cruz (R-TX); and Tim Scott (R-SC), each of them with slightly over 1% support.