Ayo Edebiri Quizzes Nikki Haley About Civil War On 'Saturday Night Live'

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley played herself in the cold open on NBC's “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

Ahead of South Carolina's Feb. 24 Republican primary, Saturday's show featured a mock CNN town hall in the state, featuring actor James Austin Johnson as former President Donald Trump.

Standing in the audience, Haley took shots at Trump and President Biden, challenging the fitness of both. “Are you okay, Donald? You might need a mental capacity test,” Haley asked.

After Johnson's long speech to Trump, which ended with the words “I see dead people,” Haley responded with a deadpan: “That's what the voters would say if they saw you and Joe on the ballot.”

Trump leads over Haley in South Carolina, Post Monmouth poll finds

But Haley wasn't spared the roasting on Saturday, coming under fire from the show's host, actor Ayo Edebiri.

“I was curious, what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War?” Edebiri asked Hallie. “Do you think it starts with an 's' and ends with '-lavery'?”

In response, Haley said: “Yeah, maybe that's the first time I've said that.”

The exchange notes Haley's failure to include any reference to slavery when asked by an audience member at a December town hall in New Hampshire what caused the Civil War. After a backlash, including from Republicans, he admitted the next day that the war was “about slavery.”

Haley said her goal in South Carolina is to improve on her performance against Trump in New Hampshire last month, where she lost to the GOP frontrunner by 11 points. According to a Washington Post-Monmouth University poll, former U.N. The ambassador has a substantial base in his home state, where Trump has the support of 58 percent of Republican primary voters, compared to 32 percent for Haley.

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