Former UN ambassador and Boeing board member Nikki Haley is right at home among east coast elites like Hillary Clinton.
But video and writings from Haley’s past have her in between a rock and a hard place as she campaigns in the Granite State, attempting to appeal to independents and Democrats, without infuriating too many real Republican voters.
Still you’d think someone running for the Republican nomination for president would consider Clinton a political rival rather than an inspiration, or at least voice some criticism.
After all, Hillary Clinton has inspired plenty of opposition and criticism from true conservatives.
But not Nikki Haley.
“I never once said Hillary Clinton was an inspiration,” Nikki Haley told a group of Iowans this morning.
The problem? Haley has repeatedly said Hillary Clinton inspired her to run for office.
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There’s a reason Haley isn’t seen criticizing Clinton in the video above.
Her whole campaign at this point hinges on drawing support from east coast elites to deal a blow to her former boss Donald Trump in tomorrow’s New Hampshire Primary.
Trump on the other hand has had more than his fair share of ex-friends and associates turn on him over his political stances, and even some who ran scared because of Democrats’ lawfare witch hunts.
Yes, Trump has made plenty of rivals in the relatively short time since he burst onto the political scene.
And his rivals have come from both sides of the political aisle.
But now, the former President is celebrating as he just scored a huge endorsement from one of his biggest and toughest former rivals.
Think all the way back to the early days of the 2016 Republican Presidential Primaries.
Who did all the supposed “political experts” put the smart money on to be the 2016 GOP nominee?
However, Bush was a flash in the pan, as after two cycles of John McCain and Mitt Romney left the conservative base of the party desperate for a candidate that wasn’t cozily in bed with the establishment wing of the party.
As the Primaries played out, two men emerged.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz – who represented the socially conservative, Tea Party movement wing of the party.
And political newcomer, Donald Trump who added a populist blend to conservatism.
The RINOs tried to steal another nomination via John Kasich – but Kasich was an also-ran.
It was Cruz and Trump who dominated Primary victories.
The Primary got nasty at points, with Trump calling Cruzes’ wife ugly and even somehow accusing his dad of being involved in the JFK assassination.
In the end, Trump carried the day and ushered in a new era of the Republican Party.
For his part, Cruz handled the defeat well.
He endorsed Trump and then-President Donald Trump would eventually describe Cruz as one of his best allies in the U.S. Senate.
In fact, during the 2018 Midterm elections, Trump reportedly made Cruz’ re-election one of his top priorities.
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So, perhaps, it’s no surprise that Cruz is now returning the favor.
Despite the fact that Cruz aligns very closely with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on policy – the Texas Senator has announced he’s formally endorsing Trump for President again in 2024.
“I am proud to endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States, I look forward to supporting him enthusiastically because I think it’s time for the Republican Party to unite, for us to come together,” Cruz said in an interview with Sean Hannity. “We’ve got to beat Joe Biden, we’ve got to beat this disastrous cultural Marxist agenda in the White House.”
Cruz had stayed neutral throughout 2023, often citing his close friendships with both Trump and DeSantis as the reason.
However, according to Cruz, after Iowa, he didn’t see any more reason to stay silent.
“I’m a big believer in letting democracy play out,” Cruz said. “Well, last night it played out and I gotta say, Trump’s victory was across the board, he won 51% of the vote, he won 98 of the counties. Congratulations to President Trump on that dominating victory. And at this point, I believe this race is over.”
Along with reclaiming the Presidency for Trump in 2024, Cruz has his eyes on some additional prizes.
“We got to retake the United States Senate,” Cruz added. “We’ve got to hold the House. We got to come together and win and with the results last night, the people have spoken, it’s time to move onward to victory in November.”
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.