Nikki Haley Faces ‘Exile’ From Republican Party

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According to a new report, the former UN Ambassador is facing “excommunication” from the GOP for her persistence in staying in the presidential race. 

Roll Call spoke with some Republican members of Congress who claimed that, unlike Ron DeSantis, who bowed out following his loss in Iowa, Haley may have thrown away her future by insisting that she take the former president to the convention. 

Haley’s current critical messaging against Trump, which has sometimes pointed to his age and mental status, has ruffled feathers inside the party.

The outlet discussed the topic of what it means to cross Trump with one of Trump’s chief critics. Utah Senator Mitt Romney recently said, “I don’t think that’s likely, but it is possible” that Haley could again seek national office as a Republican. 

“You may alienate some people who like your opponent. That’s the nature of negative campaign ads and messaging,” Romney said. “That’s how it works. And you make a calculation to do what you think is going to get you the nomination. That’s how it works. There’s so much that happens in politics, you know, that you can’t predict what the factors will be. Let’s say Donald Trump gets elected and he’s highly successful. Why then, that’d be really tough for Haley,” he added.

“But what happens if Trump is elected then falls on his face?” Romney said. “Gov. Haley might say, ‘See, I told you so,’ and become the nominee next time.”

Last year Mitt Romney announced he would not be seeking re-election. 

Still, several Republican lawmakers interviewed by Roll Call pivoted their assessments with the never-say-never theory about politics, including one of Trump’s biggest allies–Lindsey Graham.

“They’re both very talented,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of DeSantis and Haley. “And, you know, the primaries will be over soon and everybody will be together again.”

Donald Trump has threatened to ban any donors who give money to the Haley campaign. In a Truth Social post last month, the former president stated, “From this moment forth, will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them, and will not accept them.” 

Haley announced earlier in February that her campaign raked in $16.5 million in January, her biggest fundraising total of the 2024 primary season.

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