Haley defies Trump and continues campaigning in South Carolina after threats

Washington, Jan 25 (EFE). – Nikki Haley, candidate for the US Republican nomination, on Thursday defied former President Donald Trump’s threats to “blacklist” her donors and continued her campaign, urging supporters to donate and announcing two rallies in South Carolina.

Haley, the only candidate facing Trump after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis dropped out last week, scheduled events Saturday and Sunday in Mauldin and Conway, South Carolina.

The former UN ambassador is also a South Carolinian and a former governor of the state, and hopes to strengthen her candidacy in the face of the Feb. 24 primary.

Sources close to her told CNN that Trump’s comments are boosting the former UN ambassador’s campaign.

Chair Katon Dawson, former South Carolina GOP chair, said, “Our website is barely keeping up with the thousands of donations that are coming in… It’s getting bigger by the minute.”

Haley, meanwhile, has also decided to use Trump’s words to her advantage, with her campaign releasing “Barred. Permanently” t-shirts on Thursday.

Trump said overnight that he would “blacklist” donors to his rival’s campaign for the Republican nomination and bar them from the “MAGA camp.”

In a post on Truth Social, the former president said anyone who donates to Haley “will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them and will not accept them.”

MAGA, short for “Make America Great Again,” brings together the former president’s political base from his first presidential campaign and his time in office from 2017-2021.

Neither the defeats in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary against Trump, nor the threats scared Haley.

“We went out there and we did our thing and we said what we had to say. And then Donald Trump got out there and just threw a temper tantrum,” Hayley said of Trump’s reaction to the New Hampshire primary, where she did better than expected despite coming in second.

“He threw a fit, he was insulting, he was doing what he does. But I know that’s what he does when he’s insecure,” she continued.

However, some donors such as the billionaire and co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, and metal magnate Andy Sabin, who funded Haley, decided to end their financial support.

As she waits to see what effect Trump’s threat may have, pressure for her to leave is also coming from within the Republican Party’s ranks.

“We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump, and we need to make sure we beat Joe Biden,” said the president of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, on the FOX network on Wednesday.

Along the same lines, other conservatives spoke out in favor of Trump, such as Representative John Cornyn, Senator J.D. Vance, or DeSantis himself, who showed support for his opponent after suspending his campaign. EFE


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