Nikki Haley Embraces Trump in Her Vision of GOP Future

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Trump’s UN ambassador says the Republican party needs a former president, but believes he lost the election

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The former South Carolina governor and potential 2024 presidential candidate is the latest high-profile Republican invited to the library as part of a series discussing the party’s future.

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Like others who have spoken to a GOP hero at the top of the hill, Ms. Haley will have to navigate around the larger role that Mr. Trump—a potential 2024 candidate—himself-is still nearly a year in the party. After playing in the party, when the Republicans lost control. White House and Senate.

“He has a strong legacy from his administration,” said Ms Haley. “He has the ability to elect strong people, and he has the ability to move the ball, and I hope he continues to do that. We need him in the Republican Party. I don’t want us to go before Trump.” Go back to the days of

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There was no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, and Mr Trump’s campaign and his allies lost dozens of lawsuits challenging the results in several states.

Ms. Haley’s tone about the former president is significantly more positive than in January, when she was sharply criticized by a pro-Trump crowd in front of the Republican National Committee just after the January 6 Capitol riot. “His actions since election day will be judged harshly by history,” she said then. “It’s deeply disappointing.”

After those comments angered some in the Republican base, Ms Haley softened her approach. She said in April that she would not join the 2024 bid if Trump decides to run again, but sounded a little less complete about that position in interviews.

“In early 2023, should I decide there’s a place for me, should I decide there’s a reason to move forward, I’ll pick up the phone and meet with the president,” she said. “I’ll talk to him and see what his plans are. I’ll tell him about my plans. We’ll work on this together.”

Ms Haley, 49, is often cited as a potential national candidate because her biography as the daughter of an Indian diaspora can provide a compelling narrative for a party that has sought to attract more support from non-whites. have struggled. She and South Dakota’s Gov. Kristi Noem are the only women on the preliminary unofficial list of potential 2024 GOP presidential candidates.

Like other potential 2024 presidential candidates, she is traveling the nation to help the GOP raise money and appears alongside Republican candidates seeking to win back control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections. .

Ms. Haley is also raising funds for his own political-action committee And trying to make new friends and allies who might prove helpful, should he decide to launch a White House bid. In June, she spent three days in Iowa, where the enrollment process traditionally begins.

In her speech, Ms Haley is not expected to draw much attention to Mr Trump, who helped elevate her stature by appointing her to a UN post. Instead, she plans to argue that a move away from the country’s core values ​​and traditions is undermining it on the world stage.

According to an advance copy of the speech shared with Businesshala, “a vast majority of our people are plagued by self-doubt or even hatred of America,” she is expected to say. “This is a much more harmful pandemic than any virus. Every day, more and more people think that living in the free land is a curse, not a blessing.”

Ms. Haley would suggest that the news media, school curriculum and liberals are pushing the country into a state of self-loathing. “We have been told that our founding principles are tools of harassment,” she is expected to say. “We are told that the freest and most prosperous country in the world is no better than anyone else. In fact, we are told that it is worse.”

She also plans to argue that Democrats abandoned former President Barack Obama’s unifying message on race and national identity at the party’s national convention in 2004, when he was a US Senate candidate from Illinois.

“Republicans can’t make the same mistake,” he is expected to say. “That message was our message before. We must take it once again to the American people. We are fighting for a society where people are judged by deeds, not color; where discrimination has ended, is not embraced; where censorship is rejected, and free speech is protected.”

Ms Haley plans to suggest that the US is in a “life-or-death struggle” with its opponents. “We face a series of enemies who want to destroy us,” he is expected to say. “Islamic terrorist. Iran. Russia. Communist China. They all want to harm America. They all want to get rid of the earth. And they all seem to have increasing capacity and willpower to try to do it.”

Ms Haley’s prepared remarks are highly critical of President Biden’s withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. When asked about Mr Trump’s peace deal with the Taliban last year, she said she was not part of the administration at the time, that she would “never negotiate with terrorists” and that Mr Trump would use American equipment and back the Americans. has not left.

To be displayed at the Reagan Library in 2022 as part of the series, previously shared with Businesshala, includes Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, Representative Mike Garcia Huh. Of California, Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Ms Cheney, who has been highly critical of Trump’s claims of election evasion, faces a primary challenge next year that is being encouraged by the former president.

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