Conservative Group Asks Haley To Step Aside As Trump Crosses The Line

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With Joe Biden’s re-election reeling in the wake of being declared too incompetent to be convicted of a crime by his own Department of Justice, a group of conservatives is doing their best to try and rally Republicans behind Donald Trump. 

Their mission: get Nikki Haley to drop out of the Republican primary. 

The Washington Examiner reports

“While you have waged a spirited campaign for the 2024 Republican Party nomination, it is clear you cannot win the GOP nomination,” the letter reads. “We applaud your efforts, but your candidacy is over.”

The group consists of former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, former Ohio Rep. Bob McEwen, Conservative Action Project Chairman Kenneth Blackwell, Conservative Leadership PAC Chairman Morton Blackwell, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, Counterpoint Institute President Dr. Shea Bradley-Farrell, Tea Party Patriots Chairwoman Jenny Beth Martin, American Lands Council President Myron Ebell, Chairman Richard Viguerie, presidential historian Craig Shirley, American Spectator Publisher R. Emmett Tyrrell, and former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese.

In their letter, the group points to a previous election to show the damage an ongoing nominating contest can have.

“In 1964, then-[New York] Governor Nelson Rockefeller stayed in the race against [Arizona] Sen. Barry Goldwater too long, even when it was apparent he had lost the nomination,” it reads. “As a result, Rockefeller ended up hated by the rank and file of the GOP. Do you really want to become the Nelson Rockefeller of the 21st century?”

Haley recently lost to “None of the above” in a primary election in Nevada that did not include Donald Trump. However, she vowed to stay in the race. 

On Saturday evening she and Trump mixed words when Trump appeared to cross a line in an attack on his former pick for UN Ambassador. 

During a rally in South Carolina, the former president said, ““Where’s her husband? Oh, he’s away.…What happened to her husband? Where is he? He’s gone.”

Haley’s husband, a member of the military, is currently on deployment in Africa with the South Carolina National Guard.

CNN reported that “Nikki Haley fired back at Trump’s comments later Saturday, saying, “If you mock the service of a combat veteran, you don’t deserve a driver’s license, let alone being president of the United States.”

‘Donald, if you have something to say, don’t say it behind my back; get on a debate stage and say it to my face,’ she told a crowd in Gilbert, South Carolina.

In a rare move, Michael Haley fired back at the former president, posting a meme on Twitter reading, ‘The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the dumbest ones to lead the pack,’ while mentioning Trump’s account in the caption.”

South Carolina goes to the polls on February 24. 

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