Haley, who is widely seen as a likely 2024 presidential candidate, called on Democrats and tech and social media companies to[ing] the passions of the American people beyond constructive borders.
But she also said the GOP had played a role, adding that “if we are the party of personal responsibility, we have to take personal responsibility.”
“We can and should talk about our major differences,” Haley said. “But we have to stop turning the American people against each other – and this Republican Party has to lead the way.”
Haley’s remarks came on the second day of the RNC’s annual winter meeting, which attracts GOP officials from across the country. With Trump set to step down in two weeks, attendees say they wondered about the party’s future.
Among the topics discussed are the party’s two defeats in Georgia’s Senate run-off on Tuesday, which will give Democrats control of both houses of Congress as well as the presidency later this month. Some participants privately blamed the president for the defeats, arguing that his relentless and unfounded accusations of voter fraud held back GOP participation.
Haley acknowledged that Republicans faced a “stark reality” and said they had “decisions to make about the political situation” they found themselves in.
“We can whine about it. We can complain about it. We can blame ourselves. Or we can do something. If you ask me, there are no complaints in politics, ”she added.
Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, is one of many potential 2024 candidates to make an appearance at the RNC meeting. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul also made appearances Thursday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will speak on Friday.
Haley – in what might be a first glimpse of a future campaign platform – used part of her speech to highlight her record as a UN ambassador. And after an election in which the party criticized the suburbs, Haley suggested the party accept inclusion.
“This Republican Party is a home for everyone because we stand up for the principles that matter to everyone. Now is not the time to abandon these principles. It’s time to proclaim them, proudly, from the suburbs to cities to farms across the country, ”she said.
Wednesday’s riot was a major point of discussion at the meeting. During a breakfast with members of the RNC earlier today, party chair Ronna McDaniel admitted that images of Trump supporters storming Capitol Hill were damaging to the party.