Nikki Haley navigates first major blunder since rise in the polls

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Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is navigating the fallout of her first significant blunder on the campaign trail since her rise in the polls after pledging to impose a controversial social media policy if elected.

Appearing on the conservative Ruthless podcast and Fox News on Tuesday, Haley called for each social media user to be verified by name for “national security” purposes, suggesting that anonymity allows adversaries such as China and Russia to amplify misinformation. “They need to verify every single person on their outlet, and I want it by name,” she said.

The remark quickly generated backlash, stoked by the presidential campaigns of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who framed the policy as an attack on free speech rights for Americans.

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