Sunday, March 3, 2024

Trump threatened retaliation against major donors to Nikki Haley’s campaign

Donald Trump raised the tone against his main Republican opponent with the aim of ousting him from the nomination race before the next primaries, scheduled for February 24 in South Carolina, Nikki Haley’s home state. he is also governor.

On Wednesday night, the former president threatened Haley’s campaign donors with expulsion from the “MAGA camp” if they continue to fund the presidential race of the former US ambassador to the UN during his Administration, the only challenger to run after a sudden retreat. of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

MAGA, short for Trump’s first electoral slogan, “Make America Great Again,” united the former president’s political base from his first presidential campaign and his first term.

“When I ran for office and won, I noticed that the “donors” of the losing candidate immediately approached me and wanted to “help.” This is common in politics, but not in me,” Trump said in his Truth Social profile. The magnate promised to reject contributions from all donors who financed Haley’s campaign. «Anyone who makes a” Contribution “to Birdbrain (bird brain, referring to Haley), from this moment on, permanently excluded from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them, and we won’t accept them, because we put America first, and WE ALWAYS WILL!

The former governor of South Carolina responded defiantly in a post on the social media site X where he included a link to his donation page: “Well, if that’s the case … donate here. Go ahead”. He boasts of raising $1 million in the first 24 hours since the New Hampshire primary, where he has clearly fallen behind Trump, though by a smaller margin than the polls show.

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Until now, the Republican candidate has the support of major donors of the Republican Party such as financiers Stanley Druckenmiller, Cliff Asness, KenLange and Henry Kravis or philanthropist Simone Levinson. But the Koch brothers, Tea Party advocates and one of the most influential forces in that space in recent years, stand out. JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon also praised Haley, whom he considers the only viable alternative to Trump.

His poor start in the Iowa caucuses did not find the improvement he expected in New Hampshire, however, the former governor of South Carolina promised to continue his candidacy for the next rounds of the primaries.

The horizon troubled a Trump who focused most of his attacks on DeSantis. A DeSantis who, in fact, ended up closing ranks around Trump’s candidacy. Now, the former president has launched a fierce offensive against Haley, the only obstacle on her way to re-election without President Joe Biden.

First, Trump began using his given name, Nimarata, and suggested that he was not born in the United States. An argument based on his Indian origin, the same false resource accompanied by racist tones he used during his time against former President Barack Obama. Wednesday’s threat is another step in this strategy of harassment and demolition. And so far, it seems to be working.

Two major donors have announced in the past few hours that they have stopped funding Haley’s campaign. They are metallurgical magnate Andy Sabin and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman. Both, however, said they made the decision based on the results of the New Hampshire primary, which paved the way for Trump’s nomination.

Hoffman’s advisor, Dmitri Mehlhorn, explained to the media that “in order to raise more money for Governor Haley, I need to find a way for her to win the primary.” Sabin, on the other hand, believes that Haley should leave: “No matter what they tell you, their money is gone. “Why finance someone you know has no chance? “

Pressure for him to leave also came from within the ranks of the Republican Party. “We need to unite with our future nominee, which is Donald Trump, and we need to make sure we defeat Joe Biden,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Wednesday on FOX.

The former South Carolina governor isn’t throwing in the towel. His campaign has announced that it will hold one event on Saturday and another on Sunday, in Mauldin and Conway, respectively, two towns in his state.

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