In what is sure to be only the first of many such announcements to come from Trump’s inner circle, conservative fraud and Trumpist Nikki Haley is set to announce that she will be running for president in 2024.
Confirmation of her plan to announce her intention to run in the 2024 race was provided on January 31 by a member of Haley’s inner circle (via The Post and Courier):
Cementing what has been in the works for months, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will formally announce she is running for president and will seek the Republican nomination for her party’s 2024 ticket, The Post and Courier has learned.
According to an invitation soon going out to her backers, Haley’s advertised “special announcement” will come Feb. 15 at the The Shed at the Charleston Visitor Center, a downtown gathering spot that could draw hundreds of supporters into the heart of the city’s tourism district.
The confirmation she is entering the race came Jan. 31 from a member of Haley’s inner circle.
Haley has teased at running for the White House for months, increasing her footprint on social media and in national interviews that she was leaning toward an official bid.
Long identified as harboring presidential intentions for the past decade, she becomes the second announced profile Republican looking to knock off Democratic President Joe Biden next year, just behind her former boss from when she was U.N. ambassador, previous White House occupant Donald Trump. (Emphasis mine)
Nikki Haley has a long track record of engaging in political opportunism, cozying up to both the Republican establishment and the Trump cult when advantageous to her ambitions, and her coming announcement is no exception.
In January 2016, then-Governor Nikki Haley was hand-picked by Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, and while she took a few shots at Obama, she spent most of her nine minutes on air doing the bidding of the party bosses by attacking the two leading Republican candidates for president at the time (Donald Trump and Ted Cruz) in an attempt to undercut their chances of winning the nomination.
Of course, that all changed after Trump won the nomination; Haley betrayed every last vestige of integrity she might have possessed to embrace Trumpism and hop aboard the Trump Train. Trump rewarded her for compromising her convictions by making her Ambassador to the United Nations.
Haley’s Trumpism and her new reputation as a conservative fraud gained her the favor of the Republican Party establishment in 2016, and there were rumors at the time that Trump might pick her to be his running mate — rumors that made the rounds again in 2020 when Trump was desperately looking for ways to save his reelection.
After her resignation as U.N. Ambassador, Haley continued being openly Trumpist. She defended Trump against impeachment — his bribe to the Ukrainian president was a “favor” not quid pro quo — and she attacked former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House chief of staff John Kelly for attempting to “undermine” Trump on their policy differences.
In December 2021, Haley’s Trumpism was again on full display when she managed to secure a long sought-after, one-on-one meeting with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring after he had initially rejected her request due to criticism Haley leveled against him for the role he played in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and for suggesting in a Politico interview that he was no longer the leader of the Republican Party.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down. 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.”
In response to Trump’s immense displeasure, and since Haley is a conservative fraud interested only in her political self-preservation, she changed her tune by abandoning her so-called conservative values to return to Trumpism (via The Hill):
[Haley] said in April that she would not run for president if Trump wages a comeback bid in 2024, and she spoke of him positively during a campaign-style speech in South Carolina this week.
“President Trump and the GOP built one of the hottest economies in American history. Wages rose to new heights. Unemployment fell to record lows. Families thrived and businesses grew. Remember what it was like just two years ago?” she said.
Recently, however, Nikki Haley has been distancing herself from her Trumpist past and her promise not to run against Trump in 2024 by declaring America’s need for a “new generation” of leader for which she is perfectly suited (via The Post and Courier):
Haley famously said earlier she would not seek to challenge Trump if he ran again, but her message has since shifted to say the country needs to look toward a different path.
“It’s time for a new generation,” she telegraphed on Twitter in recent days. “It’s time for new leadership. And it’s time to take our country back. America is worth the fight — and we’re just getting started.”
During an interview on Fox News with Bret Baier last week, Haley signaled her clearest indication yet that she was readying a White House bid.
“When you’re looking at a run for president, you look at two things. You first look at does the current situation push for new leadership? The second question is, ‘Am I that person that could be that new leader?’”
Answering those two questions, Haley said: “Yes, we need to go in a new direction. And can I be that leader? Yes. I think I can be that leader.” (Emphasis mine)
I wonder what would happen to her “new leadership” mantra if Trump asked her to be his running mate. I think you know the answer.
By the way, Nikki Haley isn’t the only Trumpist and/or conservative fraud considering a run for president in 2024. Other names being bandied about are Mike Pence, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and former national-security adviser John Bolton.
And let’s not forget the current “front-runner” conservative fraud representing the Republican Party, nationalist and all-around fascist, Gov. Ron DeSantis (FL).
From her track record as a conservative fraud to her on again/off again status as a Trumpist, everything in Nikki Haley’s political life and every decision she makes is framed around the picture she and others have of her as a future Republican President of the United States.
Like Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and every other conservative fraud and Trumpist within the Republican Party, Nikki Haley will say what she needs to say and do what she needs to do to protect and defend her self-centered political interests — something that has been true of her ever since she first arrived on the national stage.
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