Following last month’s deadly riot on Capitol Hill, several one-time allies of former President Donald Trump have spoken out against him — including ex-United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Judging from recent reports, Trump did not take kindly to her harsh remarks.
“He’s fallen so far”
According to Breitbart, the 45th president has turned down a request Haley made to meet with him in Florida, which a number of other GOP officials have done in recent weeks.
For her part, Haley expressed disappointment in Trump’s rhetoric in a recent interview with Politico’s Tim Alberta, predicting that her party would soon excise itself of the former president’s influence.
“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” the former South Carolina governor said. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”
Referencing his rhetoric ahead of the Jan. 6 riot, Haley said that Republicans “need to acknowledge he let us down” and “went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him.”
Haley opined that she did not believe “he would spiral out like this,” declaring that she feels as if she does not “know who he is anymore” and can no longer recognize him as the same person she once worked alongside.
“The most vibrant member”
In addition to suggesting that his “business is suffering at this point,” she asserted that he has also “lost any sort of political viability he was going to have.”
Furthermore, Haley noted that he has “lost his social media, which meant the world to him” and has “lost the things that really could have kept him moving.”
Despite her predictions, however, a recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found that Trump easily leads the early field of possible 2024 GOP presidential nominees. More than half of the Republicans surveyed would back his bid for a second term.
His eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., attracted the support of another one in four GOP respondents. In contrast, Haley attracted a mere 6% of the party’s support.
Haley’s assessment of the former president is hardly the prevailing opinion among high-ranking members of her party. In a recent Fox News Channel interview, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), declared that Trump “is the most vibrant member of the Republican Party,” asserting that the movement he launched ahead of the 2016 election “is alive and well.”