Nikki Haley's Mindshift on Trump - Opinion

Matt O'Hern
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Last night's Republican Presidential Primary debate was full of unexpected events, but none more so than Nikki Haley's criticism of former President Donald Trump. Her words were a drastic departure from what she had been saying in the lead-up to the debate.

“It is time for a new generational conservative leader," Haley said. "We have to look at the fact that three-quarters of Americans don't want a rematch between Trump and Biden. And we have to face the fact that Trump is the most disliked politician in America. We can't win a general election that way."

Back in February, when Haley officially launched her campaign in Charleston, she shyed away from any negative talk about Trump, and reserved her harshest words for President Joe Biden. Ultimately, Haley's campaign realized that her stagnant place in GOP primary polls wouldn't see any movement unless she presented an argument for being a viable candidate in not only the Republican Primary, but the 2024 General Election. Some political pundits speculated that Haley's campaign was more of an effort to pitch herself as potential Trump VP pick.

Prior to last night, the most media attention Haley received this year was when former CNN host Don Lemon implied that Haley was no longer in her prime since she was over 40 years old.


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Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

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