Within the Republican Party today, a very touchy timing situation continues to fester, and it could lead to a rather messy 2024 primary season.
Former President Donald Trump appears destined to be challenged by other members of the GOP for the presidential nomination in the coming contest, with a number of right-wing politicians seemingly gearing up for their campaigns as we speak. But the timing of their potential announcements will likely be determined by Trump, and more specifically the fate of the legal threats that he faces in New York, Washington, and Georgia. His possible challengers aren’t going to want to spend money attempting to defeat Trump if some DA or AG somewhere is going to take care of that for them, and for free.
But those who are considering a run aren’t being shy about taking aim at Trump, even before they make any official announcement.
Nikki Haley took a swipe at former president Donald Trump as he hit the campaign trail in her home state of South Carolina on Saturday.
Trump spoke to about 200 people in the state’s capitol building in Columbia, flanked by Governor Henry McMaster and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.
But Haley, a former governor of South Carolina who was Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, was among those notably absent from the event.
The former administration official wasn’t shy about her thoughts, either.
Haley, who is expected to get her presidential campaign underway in the coming months, wrote on Twitter on Saturday: “It’s time for a new generation to lead.”
In the tweet, she shared a clip of an interview she gave to Fox News earlier in January.
The clip featured Haley’s response when asked about her statement to the Associated Press in 2021 that she would not seek the Republican party’s nomination if Trump chose to run in 2024.
The “survival of America matters,” Haley said, adding that it is “bigger than one person.”
“And when you’re looking at the future of America, I think it’s time for new generational change. I don’t think you need to be 80 years old to go be a leader in D.C.,” Haley said. “I think we need a young generation to come in, step up, and really start fixing things.”
Haley has been dropping hints about a potential campaign for weeks now, leading many to wonder whether or not she’ll announce her candidacy ahead of likely challenger Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, who appears to be polling rather well in hypothetical match-ups against Trump.