Donald Trump has once again made headlines by taking a jab at a former ally, this time in the form of former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. On Wednesday, April 14th, 2021, Haley announced her presidential campaign, and Trump was quick to respond with a cutting comment.
In a statement to reporters, Trump said, “She’s polling at 1%, not a bad start.” The comment was seen by many as a dig at Haley, who had served as Trump’s Ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018.
Haley had been a loyal ally to Trump during his presidency, but the two had a falling out in 2020 when she criticized his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Trump’s comment was seen as a way of getting back at her for her criticism.
Trump’s comment was widely condemned by both Democrats and Republicans alike. Many saw it as a sign of disrespect towards a former ally and as a sign of Trump’s lack of respect for women in politics.
Haley herself responded to Trump’s comment by saying, “I’m not running because of Donald Trump. I’m running because of the people of this country.” She also said that she was “not running against Donald Trump,” but rather “running for the people of this country.”
Haley’s response was seen as a sign of her resilience and strength in the face of Trump’s criticism. She has been a vocal critic of Trump and his policies since she left the administration, and her response to his comment was seen as a sign that she will not be deterred by his words.
Trump’s comment was also seen as a sign of his lack of respect for the office of the President of the United States. As a former president, Trump should know better than to publicly criticize a former ally, especially one who served in his own administration.
Trump’s comment also highlighted the fact that he is still very much involved in the political process, despite no longer being in office. Trump is still actively involved in the Republican Party and is still seen as a major influencer in the party.
Trump’s comment was seen as an attempt to undermine Haley’s campaign before it even got off the ground. However, it appears that his comment may have had the opposite effect, as Haley’s poll numbers have actually risen since the comment was made.
It remains to be seen if Haley will be able to capitalize on the momentum she has gained from Trump’s comment. However, it is clear that Trump’s comment was a sign of disrespect to a former ally, and a sign of his lack of respect for the office of the President of the United States.