Last week, Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley criticized President Trump, saying, “I don’t feel like I know who he is anymore… The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election.” She said Trump “went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” and that his actions “will be judged harshly by history.” After these comments, Haley requested an audience with Trump at Mar-a-Lago; the request was reportedly denied.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also knifed the former president last week, saying after his vote to acquit Trump, "Former President Trump's actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty," and continued to say that he was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."
President Trump responded by calling Senator McConnell "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack, and if Republican Senators are going to stay with him, they will not win again." He then announced that he would "back primary rivals who espouse Making America Great Again and our policy of America First. We want brilliant, strong, thoughtful, and compassionate leadership."
We commend President Trump for his rebukes of Amb. Nikki Haley and Sen. Mitch McConnell. While CCR believes the conservative movement needs to unify, that unity clearly must be around the America First movement and the leader of our Party, Donald Trump.
While McConnell and Haley gamble on a return to the Republican Party’s past, President Trump and his policies have forever changed the Party, ripping it away from the elites and making it the home of the middle class and blue collar workers.
We encourage McConnell and Haley to reexamine their political ambitions and rally behind the Trump movement.