(DCWatchdog.com) – In a move during a recent virtual town hall in Iowa that has disturbed millions of social conservatives in the GOP, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley sidestepped a direct response to a question about gender identity, emphasizing instead the importance of personal freedom and minimal government interference in individual lives.
Due to severe weather, Haley had canceled the in-person event in Dubuque, Iowa. But during the tele-town hall, she was asked whether she believes a man can become a woman.
Instead of answering the question, Haley focused on the broader issue of individual rights and the government’s role. She stated that people should have the freedom to live as they wish after they turn 18, echoing the same age restriction for getting a tattoo.
She firmly opposed any gender change surgeries for minors, underlining the need for maturity in making such life-altering decisions.
This nuanced stance reflects a careful balance, respecting personal freedoms while advocating for responsible decision-making.
Haley’s response also subtly contrasts with the more direct answers given by other prominent Republican figures like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who plainly answered “no” to the same question in an interview with Glenn Beck.
Interestingly, the question posed to Haley referenced former President Donald Trump’s position on the matter. Haley acknowledged Trump’s pivotal presidency but also spoke about the chaos often surrounding him. She expressed concerns over the prospect of a country in disarray under a President Kamala Harris.
Her campaign, however, has not issued a statement in response to media inquiries regarding her comments at the town hall.
This strategic silence may reflect a calculated move to maintain focus on her core campaign messages rather than getting entangled in controversial debates.