Former President Donald Trump and GOP primary challenger Nikki Haley engaged in a public feud, with each party labeling the other as the biggest loser.
What Happened: The feud was sparked when Trump congratulated Haley for her third-place finish in the Iowa caucus, only to later say that “she wouldn’t just lose the White House, she’d lose us the House and Senate.”
Haley retaliated by accusing Trump of being “confused about his own record”, pointing out that the Republicans lost the House, Senate, and White House under his leadership. She also emphasized her potential to outperform Biden by double digits, a feat Trump struggled to achieve.
“Republicans lost the House, the Senate, and the White House. I crush Biden by double digits, while Trump barely squeaks by Biden on a good day,” she wrote on social media platform X.
The dispute intensified as Trump took to Truth Social to criticize Haley, attacking her inability to defeat “Ron DeSanctimonious” and her stance on Social Security benefits. The ex-president referred to Haley by her first name “Nimarata,” which he appears to have misspelled. Haley’s parents are of Indian origin and she was born Nimarata Nikki Randhawa. Her spouse is Michael Haley, whose last name she took after they were married.
“She couldn’t even beat a very flawed Ron DeSanctimonious, who’s out of money, and out of hope,” Trump said.
Why It Matters: This public disagreement has amplified the existing tensions between Trump and Haley, raising concerns about its potential impact on the Republican party and the forthcoming national election. Trump secured a decisive win in the first 2024 Republican presidential contest in Iowa on Monday, followed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, respectively.
According to Real Clear Politics, at the national level, Trump held 61.4% support among GOP voters, While Haley trailed with 12% support and DeSantis with 10.7%.
Meanwhile, the Former U.S. President, who is facing a slew of legal cases, has appealed to the Supreme Court, warning of potential nationwide chaos if he is barred from the 2024 ballot. Trump’s legal team is calling upon the Supreme Court to overturn the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling from last month.
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