Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Thursday criticized Donald Trump and affiliated groups for spending more than $50 million of political contributors’ money on the former president’s legal expenses, calling the outlay “unconscionable” and arguing that Trump’s The campaign was the result of the program. Cash crisis.
“It’s inappropriate to me that a candidate would spend $50 million on legal fees,” Haley told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.” “This explains why he is not holding more rallies. He doesn’t have the money to do this. This explains why he doesn’t want to come on the debate stage, because he doesn’t want to talk about why he’s doing it.
Haley also suggested that Trump’s anger, despite easily winning the New Hampshire primary, was rooted in his financial situation and the desire of all donors’ dollars to “start going to him (so as) not to spend them anymore.” Fell.
Trump became the first non-incumbent Republican presidential candidate to win both the Iowa caucuses and the Granite State primary this year, giving him an almost clear path to his third straight nomination. But Haley, the last major opponent on her path, insisted she plans to stay in the race and keep the momentum going — first with a strong performance in her home state of South Carolina on Feb. 24, and then on Super Tuesday in March. .
Extending the race to next month will depend largely on Haley’s ability to defy expectations in the Palmetto State, where she spent more than a decade as a lawmaker and governor, and was twice elected to the state’s top office. Gone. Still, a Washington Post-Monmouth University poll on Thursday showed Trump with a 26-point lead, 58% to 32%, with a little more than three weeks left until voting took place.
When asked if she was committed to staying in the race regardless of the outcome, Haley did not explicitly say “yes”, but said she was committed to limiting competition in South Carolina and the race moving forward. Also confident of improving the previous performance.
“I’m not going anywhere because I don’t want my kids to live like this,” Haley said. “I don’t want anyone else’s children to live like this. We have been completely distracted for too long, and we know that when America is distracted, the world is less safe.
A fresh boost for Haley came in a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, which found that she currently leads President Joe Biden significantly among registered voters in a national survey, 52% to 39% in a hypothetical matchup. Moving forward till. Trump’s advantage against Biden was significantly smaller – 49% to 45%, just outside the poll’s margin of error.
Haley has repeatedly argued that she is a better bet than Trump to defeat Biden and could help the GOP regain a majority in Congress and control of state governments, a point she made in another frequent attack on Biden and Trump. Was underlined here before pointing out.
“The fact that we would have two 80-year-old candidates is absurd,” Haley said. “We need someone who can work for eight years to get our country back on track, to fix our country.” (Trump is not yet 80, although, like Biden, he will be eligible for only one more term.)
Asked if she was concerned that repeatedly mentioning the ages of her current and potential rivals might hurt her, Haley said she believed older voters would appreciate her point. Is of.
“They got it. It’s not about being disrespectful, it’s about us – it’s Congress too – we need to keep people at the top of their game,” he said, adding that anyone at that age ”automatically suffers mental decline. I am going. It’s just a fact.”
Haley directly criticized Biden by questioning his handling of Israel’s war in Gaza and his move to impose sanctions and visa restrictions on violent Israeli settlers in the West Bank.
“It’s incredible to me that Joe Biden would sit there and focus on Israel,” Haley said.
More than 25,000 people have been killed in the months-long Israeli offensive on Gaza, according to figures from the Hamas-run health ministry.