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Leading Republican Nikki Haley repudiates Donald Trump and says 'he went down a path he shouldn't have and we shouldn't have followed him' in sign of her 2024 ambition

 Nikki Haley said the Republican Party followed Donald Trump down a path it shouldn't have and 'we can't ever let that happen again.'

Her blunt words and criticism of the former president, made in an interview with Politico, signal she's seriously considering a 2024 White House run. 

Haley, who served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, made the startling break with him in the interview, which came as the former president faced his second impeachment trial, this time on charges of inciting the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol that left five dead.


'We need to acknowledge he let us down,' she told Politico of Trump. 'He went down a path he shouldn't have, and we shouldn't have followed him, and we shouldn't have listened to him. And we can't let that ever happen again.'

But she also made a bid for Trump supporters - a group of 74 million that voted to give him a second term in the White House and will be a strong force in future Republican primaries. 

'Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don't think it should. I think what we need to do is take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party. But at the same time, it's bigger than the party. I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back,' she said.

Nikki Haley said the Republican Party followed Donald Trump down a path it shouldn't have and 'we can't ever let that happen again'

Nikki Haley said the Republican Party followed Donald Trump down a path it shouldn't have and 'we can't ever let that happen again'

Haley made a break with Donald Trump in an interview with Politico, a strong signal she's considering a 2024 White House bid

Haley made a break with Donald Trump in an interview with Politico, a strong signal she's considering a 2024 White House bid

Haley is one of several Republicans considering a presidential bid in 2024, including former Vice President Mike Pence. 

Asked if she could do the job of president, Haley said: 'Yeah, of course I do.'

Trump, if acquitted, would be able to make another White House bid but Haley expressed confidence that would not happen. 

'He's not going to run for federal office again,' she said. 

'I don't think he's going to be in the picture,' she noted. 'I don't think he can. He's fallen so far.'  

Haley told Politico she hasn't spoken to Trump since the January 6 riot and, like other Republicans, she expressed disgust at his treatment of Pence, his longtime loyal vice president whom he pressured to illegally overturn the election. 

'When I tell you I'm angry, it's an understatement,' she said. 'Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He's been nothing but a good friend of that man. … I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I'm disgusted by it.'

Her comments in the interview show the tightrope she is walking - keeping herself as a viable contender for Trump supporters to follow while carefully condemning his most outrageous actions that have infuriated the political center, a group a candidate needs to win the general election. 

Nikki Haley served as Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley served as Donald Trump's ambassador to the United Nations

Nikki Haley in the Oval Office with then President Donald Trump, on October 9, 2018, when she announced she'd be leaving the United Nations job

Nikki Haley in the Oval Office with then President Donald Trump, on October 9, 2018, when she announced she'd be leaving the United Nations job


She called the impeachment trial, where Trump is expected to be acquitted, a 'waste of time.'

She said Trump would be punished by being isolated from the Republican Party and see his business interests suffer. 

'I think he's going to find himself further and further isolated,' Haley said. 'I think his business is suffering at this point. I think he's lost any sort of political viability he was going to have. I think he's lost his social media, which meant the world to him. I mean, I think he's lost the things that really could have kept him moving.' 

She also said she initially thought it was fine to let Trump make his court challenges to the election, saying he had a legal right to pursue.

'Since the election—' she said, 'I mean, I'm deeply disturbed by what's happened to him.' 

She went on to say: 'Never did I think he would spiral out like this. … I don't feel like I know who he is anymore. … The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election.'

2 comments:

  1. Already a pro. She says nothing but uses tons of words to not say anything of substance. Maybe one day these liars will figure out we figured them out and we don't care one bit. Not a trump fan, but what exactly is she talking about?

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  2. I am a Trump fan, and she's trying to continue the false narrative that there was no massive and pervasive election fraud and that Trump had something to do with the false-flag attack on the capitol building. That was a career-ending boneheaded move to try to backstab Trump. She, Pence, Barr and all other RINO'S will pay dearly for going all-in with the swamp creatures.

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