Nikki Haley makes surprise SNL appearance to admit she should have said slavery was cause of Civil War, as her 2024 campaign continues to fade

Nikki Haley made a surprise appearance on SNL by jokingly admitting that she should have admitted that slavery caused the Civil War as her presidential campaign winds down.

This week’s Saturday Night Live episode opened with a CNN town hall skit in which Haley was asked ‘what would you say was the root cause of the Civil War – and do you think it starts with an “S” and ends with an “lavery” ‘.

“Yep, I probably should have said that the first time,” Haley responded before delivering the iconic ‘Live from New York’ line.

The joke refers to controversial answers the former UN ambassador made when asked at a town hall in New Hampshire about the reason for the Civil War.

Haley did not mention slavery in her response – instead talking about the role of government, replying that it involves “the freedoms of what people can and cannot do.”

Nikki Haley made a surprise appearance on SNL to jokingly admit she should have admitted slavery caused the Civil War as her presidential campaign winds down

Nikki Haley made a surprise appearance on SNL to jokingly admit she should have admitted slavery caused the Civil War as her presidential campaign winds down

Haley used her SNL appearance to fire shots at her opponent, former President Donald Trump

Haley used her SNL appearance to fire shots at her opponent, former President Donald Trump

The Republican presidential candidate then turned the question back on the man who asked it. He replied that he was not the one running for president and instead wanted to know her answer.

After Haley went into a longer explanation about the role of government, individual freedom and capitalism.

The questioner appeared to admonish Haley, saying: ‘In the year 2023, it’s amazing to me that you answer that question without mentioning the word “slavery”.

“What do you want me to say about slavery?” Haley retorted before suddenly moving on to the next question.

She walked back her Civil War comments 12 hours later, with her campaign airing a radio interview Thursday morning in which she said: “Obviously the Civil War was about slavery,” something she called “a stain on America.” has.

She continued to reiterate that ‘freedom matters’. And individual rights and freedoms matter to all people.’

Haley used her SNL appearance to fire shots at her opponent, former President Donald Trump.

“My question is why won’t you debate Nikki Haley,” Haley asked Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, as a “concerned voter in South Carolina.”

“Oh my God, this is the woman who was in charge of security on January 6th,” Johnson said, as Trump exclaimed, “That’s Nancy Pelosi.”

Haley followed up by telling Johnson as Trump ‘Are you OK Donald, maybe you need a mental competency test?’

Saturday Night Live wrapped up this week's episode with a CNN town hall skit in which Haley was asked 'what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War - and do you think it started with a "S" and ends with a "lavery"'

Saturday Night Live wrapped up this week’s episode with a CNN town hall skit in which Haley was asked “what would you say was the root cause of the Civil War — and do you think it starts with an “S” and ends with a ” lavery”

“Yeah, I probably should have said that the first time,” Haley responded before delivering the iconic ‘Live from New York’ line

“I took it right and I passed the test,” Johnson said. ‘I’m 100 percent mental. And I am competent because I am a man. This is why women should not run the economy, in fact a woman recently asked me for 83.3 million dollars,’ he added, referring to the defamation verdict brought against Trump last week.

“And you spent 50 million on your own legal defense, you need to borrow money?” she said.

“And you spent 50 million on your own legal defense, you need to borrow money?” she said.

Johnson then went on an incoherent rampage that ended with an ‘I see dead people’ joke, to which Hayley responded: ‘That’s what voters will say when they see you and Joe on the ballot.’

He went on to say, ‘I’m always very nice to you, except when I implied you weren’t born in this country, even though you’re from South Carolina, and now I’m going to beat you in your state.’

“And did you win your home state in the last election?” Haley fired back – lambasting Trump for losing the vote to Biden in his home state of New York during the 2020 election.

Haley’s presidential campaign has faded and recent polls show former President Donald Trump leading his rival by 26 points in a poll released Thursday of South Carolina’s Republican electorate.

Former President Donald Trump still has a big lead over rival Nikki Haley in her home state of South Carolina.  She has seen a 14-point bump since September, while he increased his share of the vote by 12 points

Former President Donald Trump still has a big lead over rival Nikki Haley in her home state of South Carolina. She has seen a 14-point bump since September, while he increased his share of the vote by 12 points

If she is toppled by the former president in the February 24 Republican primary in South Carolina, it could derail her already struggling campaign.

The Monmouth University/Washington Post poll found that 58 percent of South Carolina Republican primary voters said they would support Trump, while 32 percent said they would pick Haley.

A full 60 percent of respondents said the Republican Party should keep Trump on the ticket even if he is convicted of a crime related to trying to overturn the 2020 election.

Both candidates benefited from a slimmed-down primary field, instead of just Haley, which is why Trump remains so far ahead.