Trump is doing everything he can to shake off Nikki Haley as his former ambassador to the United Nations refuses to quit the Republican Party. On Tuesday evening, the former president directly attacked Haley, calling her by his nickname, “Birdbrain.”
On Wednesday, he changed tactics, announcing that he would “blacklist” anyone who gives Haley money to her campaign.
In a post overnight on the Truth Social social media platform, Trump said anyone who contributes to Haley’s platform “from this moment forth, will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” The post did not specify whether he was also referring to donations given to a pro-Haley action committee.
Short for Make America Great Again, MAGA is the slogan that has reunited Trump’s political base since his first presidential campaign and his time in office during 2017 to 2021.
He recognized that the practice of campaign donors redirecting their resources toward a party candidate that emerges more successful is commonplace. “When I ran for Office and won, I noticed that the losing Candidate’s ‘Donors’ would immediately come to me, and want to ‘help out,’” he said. “This is standard in Politics, but no longer with me.”
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on whether this represents official policy.
Haley claimed on Wednesday that her campaign received $1 million in donations from roughly 200,000 donors after the New Hampshire primary. The former governor of South Carolina responded to the Trump rant by posting a donation link on Twitter.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 25, 2024
Haley’s not the only member of the Trump administration that the former president went after this week. As he has grown increasingly angry at Haley’s refusal to end her campaign, Trump recently lashed out against his former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for suggesting he may need help winning independent voters in the general election.
35 percent of New Hampshire Republicans claimed they would be voting for Biden over Trump in 2024 if the former president wins the nomination for the third time in a row.