Despite winning the New Hampshire primary, former President Donald Trump felt unhappy Tuesday evening after one of his closest, most loyal advisers from the White House explained that he may have some work to do to win Nikki Haley voters.
The former president lashed out at his Kayleigh McEnany after the latter spoke on Fox News about the New Hampshire primary being “a fairly good night for Biden.” The former White House press secretary under Trump pointed out that many Haley voters have said they will not be voting for the former president come November.
Kayleigh: This was actually a fairly good night for Joe Biden. Only 10% said they would not vote for Biden if he was the nominee… When you look at the Republican Party, 7/10 Haley voters said they wouldn’t vote for Trump. pic.twitter.com/UDKXFH543M
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 24, 2024
The Messenger explains:
“I don’t need any advice from RINO Kayleigh McEnany on Fox,” Trump wrote on Truth Social on Tuesday. “Just had a GIANT VICTORY over a badly failing candidate, ‘Birdbrain,’ and she’s telling me what I can do better. Save your advice for Nikki [Haley]!”
The former president did not specify what he was referring to, but McEnany, now a contributor on Fox News, recently told her old boss he may need to tone down his rhetoric if he wants to translate his success in the GOP primary to a general election against President Joe Biden.
Trump has targeted McEnany and her coverage of him on Fox in the past.
McEnany theorized this week on The Big Weekend Show that Trump will have more difficulty winning over Nikki Haley supporters than he did voters of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, R, who suspended his campaign just days before the New Hampshire primary.
The former president was likely in a sour mood because Nikki Haley had announced that she would not be stepping aside after performing better than expected in New Hampshire.
Nikki Haley repeatedly signaled in her watch party speech that she’ll continue to fight for the Republican nomination.
“Every time I’ve run for office in South Carolina I’ve beaten the political establishment. They’re lined up against me again … South Carolina voters don’t want… pic.twitter.com/nBBYAJm0ud
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 24, 2024
Axios wrote that the former UN ambassador “delivered one of the sharpest speeches of her campaign — calmly needling Trump over his court cases, mental competence, refusal to debate, and his record of losing the 2020 election and backing several losing candidates in the 2022 midterms.
‘The first party to retire its 80-year-old candidate is going to be the party that wins this election,’ the 52-year-old Haley quipped in a shot at both Trump, 77, and Biden, 81.”
The outlet argued that “Haley’s speech clearly got under the skin of the GOP front-runner, who unleashed a torrent of grievance-filled posts on Truth Social before taking the stage for a victory speech that was overshadowed by his anger.
‘You can’t let people get away with bulls**t. And when I watched her in the fancy dress that probably wasn’t so fancy, I said, ‘What’s she doing? We won,’ Trump said.”
“This is not your typical victory speech.”
Do you think Donald Trump was mad about Nikki Haley in his New Hampshire victory speech? pic.twitter.com/6zIGXWu6p3
— The Recount (@therecount) January 24, 2024