Conway, South Carolina, United States –
Two weeks before the Republican primary in South Carolina, Nikki Haley is trying to challenge Donald Trump on home soil, as the former president tries to stave off his last major rival’s narrow path to the nomination.
Trump, who has focused his campaign on the southern state days after his easy victory in Nevada, is expected to gather his supporters at a rally in Conway, near Myrtle Beach.
Before entering, Trump stopped and spoke briefly to the crowd gathered outside and thanked South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, who had given him his support. McMaster was elected governor in 2017 after Trump nominated Haley to be his ambassador to the United Nations.
Without mentioning Haley by name, Trump said, “Haley being governor of the United States was more important than Henry McMaster being made governor.” “And he did a much better job.”
Trump, long the favorite to win the Republican presidential nomination, has won three consecutive states and is determined to give Haley no chance and focus solely on a long-awaited rematch with Democratic President Joe Biden. Looking to use the South Carolina primary on February 24 to focus attention. General election.
Haley bypassed the Nevada caucuses, claiming the race was rigged in Trump’s favor, and instead focused on South Carolina, and began a two-week bus tour throughout the state, which she had conducted since 2011. Ruled until 2017.
On Saturday, speaking to about 200 people gathered outside a historic opera house in Newberry, Haley described Trump as an erratic and self-absorbed person who was not focused on Americans.
He pointed to the way he used his influence in the Republican Party last week, successfully influencing Republican lawmakers in Washington to reject a bipartisan border security agreement and publicly calling on Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel to step down. Pressed to consider.
“What’s wrong?” Haley asked. “All those losing days, there were his fingerprints everywhere,” he said.
Haley repeated her questions about Trump’s mental state, an attack that has intensified since a Jan. 19 speech in which the former president repeatedly confused her with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Throughout her campaign, Haley, 52, has called for mental fitness tests for politicians, drawing comparisons with Trump, 77, and Biden, 81.
“Why should we run someone over 80 for president?” asked. “Why can’t they give up their power?”
In Conway, people lined up to see Trump hours before the doors opened to the arena, where he would take the stage.
In anticipation of the crowd, organizers set up screens outside so that people standing outside could see Trump’s presence.