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In South Carolina Primary, Haley And Trump Candidates Wage Proxy War

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is touring the country, hoping that former President Donald Trump doesn't run again and block her path to the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

That may be why a pitched primary battle is taking shape in Haley’s home state of South Carolina, a proxy war between her and Trump. Haley has backed the incumbent, Rep. Nancy Mace, who condemned Trump’s actions during the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol. She has also said that the rioting wiped out Trump’s legacy.

For his part Trump has endorsed Katie Arrington, who beat defeated an anti-Trump Republican in a 2018 primary before losing to the Democrat in the general election. Arrington is fighting from behind to dethrone Mace, but a Trump endorsement has proved key to several races this primary season.

The high-stakes battle will play out on Tuesday, June 14, when South Carolina Republican voters head to the polls.

Mocking January 5 Hearings

With the January 6 riot back in the news cycle, Arrington has tried to capitalize on Mace’s faltering support for Trump.

Mace condemned Trump’s actions leading up to the storming of the Capitol building, but she ultimately voted against impeaching him for a second time.

On Thursday Arrington tweeted, “The January 6th hearing is tonight, when’s the one for the baby formula shortage?” She has joined the majority of Republican political operatives and news sites that have attempted to downplay the ongoing investigations and prosecutions of the Capitol riots.

In the latest polls, Mace has a six-percent lead on Arrington, but the Trump-endorsed candidate has been closing in on the incumbent

Notably, Haley has committed significantly more resources to the campaign than the Trump camp has. The former Trump cabinet member has appeared in Mace ads and extensively fundraised for the freshman representative.

Arrington has appeared at Trump events and the former president has raised money for her as well.

Yet Trump apparently has decided not to visit the state to give Arrington a final boost in the primary's home stretch. The former president has a penchant for only throwing real resources into battles that he knows he has a good chance of winning.

Trump also is looking to take out another South Carolina Republican incumbent, Rep. Tom Rice, who unlike Mace voted to impeach the President. The two candidates are among the group of Republicans that Trump deemed worthy of attempting to oust for their lack of loyalty to him.

Nikki Haley’s Prospects

Much like Mace, Haley has tried to thread the needle when it comes to opposing her former boss. She endorsed Mace before Arrington entered the race, and she has endorsed other South Carolina candidates that have also enjoyed Trump’s endorsement.

Recently Haley took an equivocal position on Trump's Big Lie, saying “there was fraud in the [2020] election, but I don’t think that the numbers were so big that it swayed the vote in the wrong direction.”

According to inside sources, Haley has insisted that her opposition to Trump in South Carolina was not an intentional slight against him. But her political dance shows the difficulty faced by Republicans who seek a different course than falling purely in the Trump camp. They risk alienating Trump voters, a risky proposition considering the fervor for the former president among the Republican base.

Trump-endorsed candidates have won several key primaries recently including J.D. Vance in Ohio and Mehmet Öz in Pennsylvania.

Haley has indicated that she may be one of the first possible candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024. While the 2024 race is barely in its early days, she has scheduled trips to states like Iowa, clearly showing her interest.

Haley has previously stated that her potential run does not depend on whether Trump is again a candidate, but it’s difficult to imagine anyone as ambitious as Haley challenging the former president if he decides to run.

Trump Targeting GOP Rep. Nancy Mace -- But She Vows To 'Win Without Him'

In the minds of MAGA extremists, Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina committed a cardinal sin when, following the January 6, 2021 insurrection, she told CNN that former President Donald Trump’s “entire legacy was wiped out” by the events of that day. Now, in 2022, Mace is facing an aggressive GOP primary challenge from Trump-backed MAGA Republican Katie Arrington. But in an interview with The State, Mace expressed confidence she can win that primary without Trump’s endorsement.

Mace is not a Never Trump conservative. The South Carolina Republican was a field director on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and she ran on a pro-Trump platform in 2020. Mace voted against impeaching Trump in January 2021, but the fact that she was willing to criticize him at all is considered unforgivable by the MAGA crowd. From Arrington to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia to Trump himself, MAGA Republicans have been screaming that Mace has to go.

Greene slammed Mace as “the trash in the GOP conference” after Mace called out Rep. Lauren Boebert’s anti-Islam remarks. And Trump has described Mace as an “absolutely terrible candidate.”

But Mace, during her interview with The State, said of Trump, “I’m gonna win without him.”

Mace, however, didn’t criticize Trump during that interview. And many Democrats have slammed her as pathetic for a recent video in which she stood outside of Trump Tower in New York City and praised the former president.

To Mace’s critics on the Democratic side, the fact that she felt the need to praise Trump even though he insults her and is supporting Arrington shows that the former president still has way too much influence in the GOP.

But Mace told The State, “If you call it groveling, I would say you didn’t watch the video. I think it’s important to know what I said, but also, what I didn’t say — present tense versus past tense.”

One well-known Republican who is endorsing Mace over Arrington is former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

The State’s Caitlin Byrd writes, “Will a Nikki Haley endorsement matter more? The answer could determine Mace’s political fate, but it could also show whether Trump’s influence over the Republican Party is here to stay.”

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet

Nikki Haley Burned Crispy For Urging Senate To ‘Give Trump A Break’

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Former President Donald Trump's former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, is being strongly criticized after telling Fox News, "I don't even think there's a basis for impeachment." Trump incited the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths, including the killing of a police officer. At least 134 law enforcement officers were assaulted during the attempted coup. And a majority of voters, 52 percent, blame Trump for the attack.

But according to Haley, Trump deserves "a break," and those who support conviction in his Senate trial should instead just "move on."

Trump's seditious actions after the election "were not great," Haley conceded to Fox News' Laura Ingraham Monday night, despite Trump literally lying for months to the American people so much that the vast majority of Republicans falsely think Democrats stole the election.

For the first time in American history, there was not a peaceful transfer of power, and yet Haley say Trump "absolutely" does not deserve to be impeached.

And she is playing the GOP's hand, attacking Democrats with President Joe Biden's call for unity.

"Now they're going to turn around and bring about impeachment yet they say they're for unity," she whines, insisting Americans' demands for accountability in the wake of Trump's insurrection are "only dividing our country."


Haley was destroyed on social media.
















Nikki Haley Tweet Feeds ‘Rumors’ About Pence

Trump’s former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley floated a rumor Wednesday about her possibly replacing Mike Pence on the 2020 Republican ticket.

“Enough of the false rumors,” Haley wrote to her over 450,000 followers. “Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support.”

The statement, which quickly spread online, does little to tamp down those rumors, though.

Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs said that “key White House aides know exactly” what the story is about, adding, “Haley almost begging reporters to explain the ‘rumors.'”

“That’s one way to dispel ‘false rumors’ — broadcast them to your 450,000 followers, 98% of whom had never heard the rumors,” noted conservative activist Bill Kristol.

As Trump’s vice president, Pence has often been the subject of public humiliation, including on the subject of whether Trump wants to keep Pence around for another term or would support a future run for the White House.

In June, Trump made it clear he wouldn’t publicly endorse a possible 2024 run by Pence. A host on Fox News asked Trump if he would give his vice president an “automatic endorsement” for the race. Trump refused.

“I love Mike,” he said. “We are running again. You’re talking about a long time, so you can’t put me in that position.”

In Trump’s first year, Pence began to arrange what was described by some as a “shadow campaign” for the presidency. He set up his own PAC (Great America Committee) and hosted Republican donors at his official residence.

When news of those actions surfaced, Pence slammed the stories. He described the reporting as “disgraceful and offensive” and said the reporting was “categorically false.”

Pence has kept his PAC active in the two years since, however.

Last November, reporting indicated that Trump still had questions about Pence’s commitment to the ticket.

According to the New York Times, Trump repeatedly asked aides and advisers if Pence is still loyal to him.

Haley’s tweet fans the flames of rumors that have always dogged Trump and Pence, and they put Pence in a weak position with a presidential ticket already facing considerable political headwinds.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Kellyanne Conway Smacks Nikki Haley In Twitter Beef

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Although Kellyanne Conway was critical of Donald Trump back when she was a strategist for Sen. Ted Cruz’ 2016 presidential campaign, she has zero tolerance for any criticism of Trump now — even mild criticism. And that was evident on Friday when the Trump adviser had an angry reaction to a tweet by Republican Nikki Haley (former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations).

Friday morning, Trump posted a snarky tweet after learning that, according to police, Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings’ home in Baltimore had been the target of a burglary. Trump was gloating over the news, posting, “Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!” Haley took offense, tweeting, “This is so unnecessary.” And Conway, obviously offended by Haley’s tweet, responded, “THIS is so unnecessary. Trump-PENCE2020.”

But Conway’s husband, conservative attorney and relentless Trump adversary George Conway, had a very different reaction to Haley’s tweet: he encouraged her to criticize Trump even more, posting, “Come on out, Nikki, the water’s warm. Be on the right side of history. Be on the right side.”

Before her ambassador position, Haley served as governor of South Carolina.

Why Trump Should Fear Nikki Haley

Donald Trump is the most vulnerable incumbent president in decades. Struggling with a stubbornly low approval rating, plagued by scandal, and facing a raft of criminal and civil investigations, he threatens to take his party down to an epic defeat if he’s renominated. You’d think Republicans might be open to an alternative.

But you can’t beat somebody with nobody, and practically speaking, nobody is the present alternative. So far, Trump has only one GOP challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is publicly pondering a race. Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is also a possible entrant.

None of them is likely to pose much danger to Trump. All come from the moderate wing of the party, which is not so much a wing as a handful of feathers. They might appeal to many independents and even some Democrats. But Republicans are not going to abandon a president who has relentlessly catered to conservatives on taxes, abortion, immigration, judges and Iran.

The history of serious challenges to incumbent presidents is that they don’t arise from the middle of the spectrum. They spring from the left in the Democratic Party and the right in the Republican Party. The rebels could claim to speak for the hardcore faithful, not the soothing centrists.

In 1992, it was Pat Buchanan who mounted a mutiny. He vilified George H.W. Bush for breaking his promise not to raise taxes, and he railed against gay rights, abortion, free trade and immigrants. He got nearly 38 percent of the vote in the New Hampshire primary.

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter, dogged by high inflation and gas lines, had to contend with Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose family embodied modern liberalism. Kennedy won a dozen contests in the Democratic campaign.

The most successful challenge, however, came in 1968, when Eugene McCarthy, vocally opposing the Vietnam War, stunned President Lyndon Johnson by getting 42 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. Johnson soon excused himself.

Those examples illustrate why Trump is not going to fall to a Weld or a Kasich. If anyone is going to bring him down in the Republican primaries, it will be someone with powerful appeal to the base voters, who have stuck with Trump so far.

Who would that be? The most plausible candidate is his former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley. She is assumed to be looking to a 2024 presidential bid.

But if she is not primed to jump in if and when Trump suffers a major setback, she is missing what could be the chance of a lifetime.

Her assets are hard to overstate. She’s an uncompromising Reaganite who thrilled hawks with her aggressive rhetoric at the U.N. Critical of Trump in the primaries, she was a loyal soldier after he won. She somehow managed to stay in his good graces and depart the administration with her reputation intact, a feat akin to staying dry while swimming in a rainstorm.

Haley has not been so rash as to challenge any important article of right-wing dogma. As governor of South Carolina, Haley got a 100 percent rating from the National Rifle Association, won the endorsement of the anti-tax Club for Growth PAC and got a score of zero from NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Compared with Trump, she is more closely aligned with congressional Republicans on policy toward Russia, NATO and Saudi Arabia. If she were to run against him, she would draw on a large stock of conservative goodwill.

Could she win? Given today’s conditions, no. But conditions are likely to get worse for Trump, not better. Republicans would be strongly reluctant to abandon him — unless he looked like a sure loser and they had an alluring alternative at hand. Haley would be exactly that.

She might be the candidate Democrats would least like to run against. She would be more than capable of uniting the GOP. But as a first-generation Indian-American woman who removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse grounds, she would also be relatively well-positioned to appeal to some independents who find Trump distasteful, if not repulsive.

Trump may figure that the Republican electorate will stick with him no matter what, and he may be right. But with the right timing, Haley could put that loyalty to a real test.

Steve Chapman blogs at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chapman. Follow him on Twitter @SteveChapman13 or at https://www.facebook.com/stevechapman13. To find out more about Steve Chapman and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

IMAGE: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the National Press Club in Washington September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador

After serving less than ten months as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has tendered her resignation to President Donald Trump, which he has accepted. The former South Carolina governor reportedly discussed her decision to quit when she visited Trump at the White House last week. Nevertheless, her resignation came as a surprise in Washington and the diplomatic community.

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Haley clashed with candidate Trump, warning that his reckless bluster could result in an international crisis. But she has defended him ever since joining his administration, most recently in a Washington Post op-ed last month that responded to the notorious” op-ed in the New York Times criticizing his presidency by an anonymous “senior White House staffer.”

“I don’t agree with the president on everything,” retorted the outspoken Haley, who is the daughter of Indian immigrants. “When there is disagreement, there is a right way and a wrong way to address it. I pick up the phone and call him or meet with him in person.”

Only hours before her resignation was revealed, Haley came under sharp criticism from the watchdogs at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) for accepting several free plane flights from three corporate executives. CREW demanded an investigation of seven private trips that Haley took between New York, Washington, and three cities in South Carolina, whose value the organization estimated at $24,000. (According to Haley, the seven flights should be valued at only $3200 and the executives are her personal friends whose favors should be exempt from ethics considerations.)

“By accepting gifts of luxury private flights, Ambassador Haley seems to be falling in line with other Trump administration officials who are reaping personal benefits from their public positions,” said Noah Bookbinder, CREW’s executive director. “Our ethics laws are clearly written to prevent even the appearance of corruption and improper influence.”