After perhaps his worst showing in his Republican primary campaign – placing second to “None of the Above” in the Nevada primary, in which the front-runner, former President Donald J. Trump, was not in running – Nikki Haley has launched into her own party, painting the day isn't as bad for her, but for the Republicans.
In a social media post Wednesday, Ms. Haley portrayed her party as mired in the same mess surrounding the man who remade it in her image. She highlighted three events that all occurred in the hours before her second-place finish: Republican setbacks in Congress on a border security bill; Ronna McDaniel's announcement of her intention to resign as chair of the Republican National Committee; and an appeals court's rejection of Mr. Trump's claim that he is immune from prosecution for trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“The Republicans keep doing the same thing and get the same result: chaos. This is the definition of insanity,” she wrote, adding that “the RNC has imploded,” that “the Republican House cannot pass ANYTHING” and that “Trump lost another lawsuit and launched another temper tantrum “.
The missive is the latest rupture between Ms. Haley and her party, as she has come to take a tougher, more combative approach toward Mr. Trump, seeking to oust him from his seat at the top of the presidential race. Republican nomination.
In Nevada's primary on Tuesday, Ms. Haley finished behind the “None of the Above” option on the ballot. Technically, she'll win the contest anyway, because state election law says “only votes cast for nominated candidates will be counted.” But the confusing result denied him even a symbolic victory. Ms. Haley's team has long said it did not spend time or money in Nevada after the state party changed the rules in Mr. Trump's favor, deciding to award the entire of the state's 26 delegates to the winner of a caucus scheduled for Thursday.
Ms. Haley continued to project confidence, saying she would stay in the race until Super Tuesday, March 5. But she remains far behind Mr. Trump in most state and national polls. In South Carolina, where she was governor and which will hold its primaries on February 24, she trails him by about 30 percentage points. In California, a Super Tuesday state, and where she is scheduled to appear at a rally Wednesday evening, she is down by more than 50.
Both on the campaign trail and in national interviews this week, Ms. Haley continued to call for a new generation of leaders and criticized Mr. Trump for delaying a deal on border security, calling the delays a 'irresponsible and urging Congress to pass the legislation.
“The problem I have is you have President Trump here telling Congress not to pass anything until after the election,” she told 500 people in Spartanburg, South Carolina. “We can’t wait.”