(RightIsRight.co) – Former President Donald Trump swiftly attacked his former ally, Nikki Haley, after she announced her 2024 presidential candidacy, becoming the second bidder after him to do so officially.
Haley kicked off her 2024 campaign with a Wednesday speech in Charleston, South Carolina. Trump announced his third White House run in November 2022, three months ago.
In her address, Haley, who served as South Carolina Governor from 2011-2017 and US Ambassador to the UN from 2017-2018 under Trump, called for a new generation of leaders for the nation’s political elite.
“We won’t win the fight for the 21st century if we keep trusting politicians from the 20th century,” she declared.
Her call may have targeted 80-year-old Democrat President Joe Biden and his 76-year-old Republican predecessor Donald Trump.
Shortly after her speech, the Trump campaign reacted by releasing a statement attacking the former ambassador and state governor on seven key issues using Haley’s media interviews over the years.
A commentary by The National Review pointed out that the Trump statement entitled “The Real Nikki Haley” was attacking his former ally “from the left” due to her “previous support for reforming Social Security and Medicare.”
“All indications are that Trump is leaning into his support for the unsustainable status quo of these programs, and he is ready to attack rivals who have, at least in the past, advocated change,” the commentary said.
The seven critiques of the Trump campaign message featured Haley’s promise from April 2021 that she would support the former president if he decided to run again in 2024.
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it. That’s something that we will have a conversation about at some point, if that decision is something that has to be made,” the former US Ambassador to the UN stated at the time.
“I appreciated the way he let me do my job. I thought we did some fantastically great foreign policy things together. And look, I just want to keep building on what we accomplished,” she added.
The Trump campaign release also emphasized how in 2012, Haley praised Democrat icon Hillary Clinton in an interview with The New York Times.
“The real reason I actually ran for office is because of Hillary Clinton,” the then-Republican governor of South Carolina said at the time.
“Everybody was telling me why I shouldn’t run: I was too young, I had small children, I should start at the school board level. I went to Birmingham University, and Hillary Clinton was the keynote speaker on a leadership institute, and she said that when it comes to women running for office, there will be everybody that tells you why you shouldn’t but that’s all the reasons why we need you to do it, and I walked out of there thinking ‘That’s it. I’m running for office,’” Haley recalled.