Haley, who also served as the first female governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, answered “yes” when asked if she would support a second presidential run by Trump.
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley said when asked by The Associated Press if Trump running again would make her change her mind about running, if he announced first. “That’s something that we’ll have a conversation about at some point, if that decision is something that has to be made.”
When asked about Trump’s comments at the weekend GOP donor retreat and whether they hurt the GOP, Haley responded: “I think former President Trump’s always been opinionated. Just because he left being president, that’s not going to stop. But I think what he also talked about were all the successes that he had in the administration. And I think that’s what Republicans are uniting on. … Every day Biden and Kamala Harris are in office unites the Republicans.”
Nikki Haley has been in the spotlight recently for attacking Donald Trump, which led many conservatives to lose respect for her, with many claiming she had destroyed her chances for 2024.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again,” Haley said during an interview with left-wing outlet Politico soon after the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
In the same interview, she also stated that she didn’t believe Trump would run again. “I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far,” Haley claimed.
Why is she reversing course now? It’s likely because she saw that Trump was still popular with the majority of Republican voters. She’s jumping on the bandwagon out of fear of losing more support from the conservative base. The question is, will it work?