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Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has bolted from President Trump, according to an interview for a Politico Magazine profile.
Here’s a snippet of the interview conducted by Tim Alberta:
“He’s not going to run for federal office again,” Haley said.
But what if he does? Or at least, what if he spends the next four years threatening to? Can the Republican Party heal with Trump in the picture?
“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”
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This was the most certainty I’d heard from any Republican in the aftermath of January 6. And Haley wasn’t done.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said. “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.”
What’s puzzling is why Haley is waiting until the week of the impeachment trial to abandon the former president – the man who elevated her a national platform.
Some might say that Haley is at best a political opportunist who made a calculated decision to betray Trump so she could run for national office in 2024.
Or, she could just be yet another run-of-the-mill backstabber with no allegiance to anyone other than herself.