Trump Says Haley Does Not Have A Chance Of Winning NH Primary
President Donald Trump told a New Hampshire town hall that former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley does not have a chance of winning the Republican Party’s nomination for the 2024 election.
“MAGA is not going to be with her,” he stated.
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Reacting to earlier claims made by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu that some Democrat voters in New Hampshire might switch to be independent voters in order to ruin Trump’s chances in the primary, the former president said that it bothers him that Democrats would be allowed to vote in the state as independents.
“It bothers me. And the governor should have done something about it instead of wasting his time with Nikki because she’s not going to make it. She has no chance, she’s got no way,” he said.
“Who has a system where Democrats are allowed to vote in the Republican primary? And New Hampshire is an incredible place. I love the people,” he added.
While Trump commended New Hampshire as a state, saying that it is “fantastic,” he emphasized the state’s need for a system.
Stating that action is required from Sununu, he said, “You need a governor that’s going to get it changed, not just talking about it. He’s talking about it for four years. Never got it done. So, Democrats are allowed to vote, which they’re going to vote for her because they don’t want to run against me. They want to run against her. It’s a very simple system.”
Regardless of the predicted attempts to sabotage his chances of winning the state’s primary by voting for Haley, Trump is confident in his ability to canvass support, as he told Sean Hannity, “I don’t think it’s going to matter.”
Trump also suggested during the event that Haley and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis do not have enough strength for the position they were vying for. According to him, the two are not strong enough to “handle the onslaught” a president of the United States is required to face.
Reflecting on his time as president from 2017 to 2021, in which he faced two impeachment proceedings in Congress, he stated, “If I were a softer individual … and I’ll tell you something, Ron DeSantis or Nikki or anybody else, if they were in my position, if they were here, they would have been hit just as hard. These people play tough, much tougher than the Republicans play, and the Republicans have to get tougher.”
“But Nikki, I know Nikki very well. She worked for me a long time. She would not be able to handle that position. She would not be able to handle the onslaught,” he added.
On the same Thursday night, Haley also had a town hall moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, and she used the opportunity to throw a few swipes at Trump.
Lumping the GOP front runner with President Joe Biden, Haley came for their ages, saying the country does not want their two options for president to be “two 80-year-olds.”
“We’ve got too many issues. You’ve got two people who spent trillions of dollars in debt that our kids are never going to forgive us. Biden and Trump both did that,” she added.