WATCH: Fox's Kurtz Mocks Nikki Haley Over Her Civil War Comments

Nikki Haley knows that if she wants to become the Republican presidential nominee, she has to pretend that racism doesn't exist. That is a similar tack to the one taken by Ron DeSantis who went after Florida's advanced placement curriculum. 

But Haley was tripped up after the way she answered a question about the Civil War. This led to her being asked by a rallygoer about what she felt was the cause of the conflict. Howard Kurtz of Fox News discussed her terrible answer on Friday. 

The Republican hopeful, when asked about the cause of the Civil War, said, "Well don’t come with an easy question. I mean, I think the cause of the Civil War was basically how government was gonna run. The freedoms and what people could and couldn’t do."

After playing a clip of her answer, Kurtz opined, "Well, look, Nikki Haley is frantically trying to clean up the political mess that she left by dancing around that question in New Hampshire, saying, ‘I was trying to make a different point. Everybody knows that slavery caused the Civil War.'"

The Fox personality continued, "A question any sixth grader could answer. Instead, she talked about freedom and what people could and couldn’t do. What they could do, Rich, is own other human beings."