Trump rips Haley after New Hampshire victory

Former President Trump on Tuesday lambasted Nikki Haley after he defeated her in the New Hampshire primary, pressuring his lone major rival in the GOP nominating contest to suspend her campaign.

“I have to tell you it was very interesting because I said ‘Wow what a great victory,’ but then somebody ran up to the stage all dressed up nicely when it was at 7, but now I just walked up and it was at 14,” Trump said, mocking Haley for delivering remarks to supporters after the race was called in his favor.

“Let’s not have somebody take a victory when she had a very bad night. She had a very bad night,” Trump said.

Later, he added that he couldn’t let his former United Nations ambassador “get away with bulls–t.”

“But I felt I should do this, because I find in life you can’t let people get away with bullshit,” he said. “You can’t. And when I watched her in the fancy dress… I said what’s she doing? We won. And she did the same thing last week. “

The former president also swiped at New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (R), who campaigned across the state with Haley.

“This guy, he’s got to be on something. I’ve never seen anybody with energy. He’s like hopscotch,” Trump said. The mention of Sununu, who is popular among Granite Staters, drew remarkably loud boos from the pro-Trump crowd. 

In an interview with Fox News Digital after the race was called, Trump said Haley should suspend her campaign.

“She should because, otherwise, we have to keep wasting money instead of spending on Biden,” Trump told the outlet. “If she doesn’t drop out, we have to waste money instead of spending it on Biden, which is our focus.” 

But Haley made clear in her remarks after polls closed Tuesday that she would not drop out of the race despite the result.

“New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation,” Haley told supporters. “This race is far from over.”

But Trump appears to be on a glide path to the nomination. He is the only candidate running in the upcoming Nevada GOP caucuses, which will determine the delegate allocation in the state. Haley opted to appear on the ballot in the state’s primary instead.

The former president is comfortably leading Haley in her home state of South Carolina, which will hold its GOP primary on Feb. 24. An average of polls there shows Trump ahead of the former governor by 34 percentage points.

Haley has fared better than Trump with the kinds of moderate, independent voters who the former president would likely need to win over in a general election against President Biden.

Dan Butcher

Dan Butcher (aka HP Pundit) is not a Democrat or Republican. He is a free thinking independent bringing you news and commentary with a dose of much needed common sense.

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