The majority of Friday saw Tucker Carlson interviewing Republican hopefuls for the party’s 2024 presidential candidacy, including former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina who was the first to stand up and take on her former employer, Donald Trump.
According to the Daily Signal, Carlson once asked Haley a direct question that “caught her off guard.”
The former Fox News personality questioned during a discussion on climate change and energy policy, “Who blew up the Nord Stream pipeline?”
In September 2022, a segment of the pipeline that transported natural gas from Russia to Germany beneath the Baltic Sea was destroyed by explosion.
“I don’t know, I mean, do you?” She said lightheartedly.
Carlson joked that there was evidence to support the Biden administration’s guilt, but the Pentagon, the White House, and other federal agencies have all denied any involvement.
The topic of the earlier conversation was the environment and the natural resources required to fuel the American economy.
“You dealt with this question all the time at the UN, the question of, ‘how does the world respond to climate change?’” he began. “But there are really two questions. One, is the climate changing…but the deeper question is why? We had glaciers 10,000 years ago, the climate has always changed dramatically since the formation of the Earth.
“Do you think humans are causing this change, and do you think we can stop or slow it down? Is there actual evidence?” he asked directly.
Before responding, Haley paused for a moment to catch her breath.
“I mean….I don’t…” she began.
“Honestly, I don’t know how much is being changed or not, as much as I know that putting electric vehicles on the road is not the answer to what you’re doing,” she finally said.
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The U.S. currently having to travel “hat in hand” to Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela to obtain oil, she continued, is the bigger issue.
“We should be energy independent, no matter what. I don’t care what anybody says about the environment,” Haley said. “This is a national security threat of not having energy independence.”
Election integrity and federal government reform were other topics of conversation between Carlson and Haley.
“They are saying that Joe Biden got 81 million votes, and my question is: Do you accept that, and second, how do you think he did that?” Carlson asked.
“All I care about is changing that. We can’t afford a President Kamala Harris. I will say that over and over,” she responded, noting that the biggest takeaway from the 2020 election is that more states need to adopt voter ID laws.
“What I said in South Carolina is that if you’ve got to show a picture ID to buy Sudafed, if you’ve got to show a picture ID to board a plane, you have to show picture ID to protect the election process,” she said.
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According to Haley, protecting the integrity of the voting process entails more than just putting in place procedures for voter identification; it is a continuous effort that cannot be stopped. She stressed that while serving as the United States ambassador to the United Nations, she saw firsthand how the gradual loss of popular confidence in the election process may lead to a nation’s final disintegration.
Carlson asked Haley if she thought there were issues with the 2020 election, and Haley replied that there were “irregularities,” including “mail-out balloting that shouldn’t have happened.”
After noting that Americans are losing faith in American intelligence organizations, the host said he thought they “interfered” in the 2016 election to harm President Trump.
“When I was governor, I went and replaced the heads of every agency,” Haley answered. “The American people don’t trust our intelligence agencies, so you can’t just replace the person at the top. You’ve got to go through and really look at gutting those agencies.”