Fact Check: Nikki Haley Claims Ukraine Is a 'Democracy'

CLAIM: Nikki Haley claimed Ukraine is a “democracy” during the GOP primary debate on Wednesday.

VERDICT: Misleading. Although Ukraine emerged after the dissolution of the Soviet Union as an unstable democracy, since the Ukrainian war began in 2022, Ukraine took steps away from operating as a democracy.

Those steps taken by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky include five measures:

  1. Canceling elections
  2. Censoring non-state media
  3. Suspending opposition parties
  4. Effectively banning the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
  5. Placing priests under house arrest

“We all remember what that thug [Putin] did when he invaded Ukraine,” Haley said. “We all know that half a million people have died because of Putin.”

“And here is a freedom loving pro-American country that is fighting for its survival and its democracy,” Haley claimed in response to GOP presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy:

Follow Wendell Husebø on “X” @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.


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