HALEY ATTACKS TRUMP
Haley, who served as UN ambassador under Trump, has turned on her old boss sharply in the last few days, pointing to a series of bizarre stumbles and gaffes during his speeches as a sign that he is losing mental competence.
“He’s just not at the same level he was at 2016. I think we’re seeing some of that decline,” she told CBS.
She is also hoping to benefit from the large number of less-partisan voters in New Hampshire, rather than the more heavily conservative Republican base in Iowa.
But with DeSantis out and endorsing Trump, the march of the scandal-plagued businessman and former president looks increasingly unstoppable.
“Big Polls out of New Hampshire. Birdbrain is way down, I am way up,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform using his nickname for Haley.
As Trump builds momentum towards his nomination, Democratic President Joe Biden who will seek re-election in November will hold a major rally in Virginia on primary day. He is expected to push abortion rights which his party hopes will be a significant vote-winner.
Trump branded Haley a “globalist” over the weekend – a potent barb for the isolationist, nationalist far-right that he has encouraged during his tumultuous rise to the top of Republican politics.
If Haley over-performs on Tuesday, that could see her regain buzz in time for the next primary in her home state of South Carolina in late February.
Trump, however, may well be on his way to something of a coronation by then, with “Super Tuesday” on March 5. With 874 delegates on the table, it can get a candidate 75 per cent towards the nomination.
Aides expect Trump to be in a position to close out the race a week later and want it in the bag by April.