Analysis: What Nikki Haley doesn’t get about the January 6 fight


“I will always say, I’m not a fan of Republicans going after Republicans because the only ones that win when that happens are the Democrats and the media, and we have to keep our eyes on 2022.”

Which, OK. She’s not wrong from a purely political standpoint. But she is also sort of missing the point — and, in so doing, minimizing exactly what’s at stake here.

We are not talking about a policy disagreement between Trump and Pence. This isn’t about immigration or trade or education. At root, this fight is about the health of American democracy.

Trump is saying that Pence was within his constitutional rights to reject some of the electors on January 6, 2021. Pence is saying that to do so would have been to ignore not just the Constitution, but also the will of the public, which elected Joe Biden.

The stakes of that fight are massive. It’s about protecting both free and fair elections and the…

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