Nikki Haley on Trump: ‘We shouldn’t have followed him’

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley issued stunning remarks breaking with former President Trump, telling Politico in an interview published Friday that she believes he “let us down.”

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley, who served in her ambassador role under Trump, said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”

Haley’s remarks are her strongest yet against the former president in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and come as Trump’s legal team is set to present its defense of Trump on Friday in his second Senate impeachment trial.

The House impeached the former president for a second time shortly after the insurrection, saying his unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud following his election loss to President Biden and his comments earlier that day incited the mob that stormed the Capitol.

The former South Carolina governor told Politico that she has not spoken with Trump since the mob attack, further expressing her disappointment with remarks he gave at a rally ahead of the assault condemning his own vice president, Mike Pence.

“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley said. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”

Haley said that the president “believes he is following” his oath of office by challenging the election results, adding, “There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election.”

“He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it,” she said.

Haley in the days immediately following the attack said in a speech to Republican National Committee (RNC) members that Trump was “badly wrong with his words” at his Jan. 6 rally.

“And it wasn’t just his words,” she added at the time. “His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”

Haley said in Friday’s Politico interview that when she gave the RNC address, she “was not expecting a whole bunch of love from that speech.”

“I know how much people love Donald Trump. I know it. I feel it,” she continued. “Whether it’s an RNC room or social media or talking to donors, I can tell you that the love they have for him is still very strong. That’s not going to just fall to the wayside.”

She went on to say, “Nor do I think the Republican Party is going to go back to the way it was before Donald Trump. I don’t think it should.”

Instead, Haley argues, “what we need to do is take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did, and get back to a place where we can be a good, valuable, effective party. But at the same time, it’s bigger than the party.”

“I hope our country can come together and figure out how we pull this back,” she added.

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Haley, who many speculate is a possible 2024 presidential contender, announced a new political action committee last month named after her Stand for America advocacy group. Her spokeswoman Chaney Denton said at the time that the PAC would be focused on helping get conservatives back in control in the House and Senate in 2022.

Bradley Crate, the treasurer for Haley’s PAC, was the treasurer for Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016 and Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) top financial adviser for both his presidential runs.

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42 Replies to “Nikki Haley on Trump: ‘We shouldn’t have followed him’”

    • Pat Witt RN MA EU

      Haley appears to be a master manipulator ! She was on board when it benefitted her . Now she is looking for self aggrandizement by allying herself with the SWAMPITES ! Meo culpable. Meo maximally culpable. She should be ashamed ! This stance has cost her respect and a political future ..

  1. Philip Byler

    Haley wants to run for President and has ties to the GOP Establishment. Haley left her position in the Trump Administration after a few years because she thought that Trump would go down in 2019 Didn’t happen. So now she thinks that attacking Trump will advance her personal interest and curry favor with the GOP Establishment. But she won’t get anywhere. She has shown herself to be a backstabbing RINO falsely posturing as a conservative. The GOP rank and file will have none of that.

    • Tom

      e Se stuck through thick and thin for him. The minute she realizes that this is not a good thing, all of you jump all over her. She’s doing this because this is what she thinks is right as so many oiginally defended Trump have done. She’s a good person and has done good work. Too bad you people aren’t only half as smart as she is!

  2. Bill McDaniel

    Nikki. Please don’t turn away you know what President Trump has done for our America .and had to be concerned everyday while doing it . I don’t know a man or woman .who could do that. You was a very good person that knew it was good for us. And you will be a good person to back him up again..did he say things we didn’t agree with O. Yes but he did get thing done..
    I looked at the photos and none of those people who broke into our Capital never. Never was at of His rallies. Check the money and who spent. It to get theses people there.. That’s all Nikki. Keep the faith
    Pastor. Bill

    • Tom

      Pastor, they inereviewed Trump supporters who are being charged and they believed they were being asked to be there by Trump. Surprised at your comments!

      • Joe the Plumber

        The people raiding the capital we’re making a statement that our elected officials are corrupt and not working for the people but rather there own political interest. We the people have the right to form a militia, this is to take down a tyrannical government working for there own interest for the sake of power over the people. They will claim those who retaliate as terrorist as misinformation. The Capitol is owned and was established for the people not politicians. Now that we have no faith in Elections and see how corrupt our politicians, fake news agencies and social media. They plan to limit the information you can hear you can say and brain wash the weak minded. Now What??? Biden Corrupt but don’t ask? Hillary Corrupt but don’t ask her to testify? Polosi WTF? Psycho AOC, anti-American Omar and the Shift Show. Wake Up America 🇺🇸 I use to be a Democrat but that political party is not working for the interest of Americans. Yes

      • Pat Witt RN MA EU

        Haley is a master manipulator who stood by Trump when it was politically expedient . Now she is acting like the SWAMPITES ! Her future is now in her past ! And do we care?

  3. Roger

    Haley if you and the rest of are turning your backs on President Trump a man that always had your backs you will not even have the votes to be a dog catcher

    • Tom

      How in the world can you say that Trump ever had any of their backs – just like he did Pence when he was under attack. Whenever some one doesn’t agree with him, he destroys them for crying out loud!

  4. George Horvat

    Just another Brutus exfoliating her true colors and the smell is disgusting.
    There was a time when self-serving politicians ruled the roost but now, only because of the blunt honesty of Donald Trump, do we see them in their true light. I can only wonder how many chances God is going to give them as they scheme to destroy the nation that he created, before he brings the hammer down upon their disgusting souls.God willing, I will still be here to rejoice as the tent of their deceit is torn down.

  5. Jen

    Goodbye Haley. And her PAC. She could have voiced her feelings to Pres Trump if she thinks the Romney former supporters and that sect of the party will hold us together. Over it!!! Don’t send this stuff here! Great timing w an impeachment trial in progress. Maybe Pelosi will take her and the writer Horitz to lunch. As for Pence, good luck in IN. 5 years of corrupt and faux claims w no conviction — yup that’s ok. I’ve got an idea — Haley can join Obama and help guide Biden. He’s so kind and knows where he’s going. Yeah, ok. What a mess this country is in.

  6. Sharon Krotts

    I’m highly disappointed in Nikki Haley if she said these things. I know it’s an emotional time! She had my confidence in the job she did at the UN. Also disappointed in Pense. Sorry he got his feelings hurt but the President’s job is to put the nation first! There were people at the capital trying to look after the occupants there, and if not enough, maybe our politicals should have been helping the police! If they had been carrying the Dem’s radicals (that are defended everywhere else in their escapades) would not have been so willing to take part in this one. When you encourage/support evil, it eventually bites you back…

  7. Lee

    I really would like all of you Trump supporters to list the things Donald Trump has done. He Has spent more money and time complaining about how badly he has been treated. He really has done nothing to better the country. He has been an embarrassment! Honestly what has he done to make your life or the country better? I guess he gave you a red hat…

  8. Rich

    It’s good to see all the rats jumping ship! They are sorting themselves out now! That’s basically what happened to President Trump. He had all these rats that were supposedly on his side and then came out and showed their true colors and stabbed him in the back. There are still quite a few left but the truth shall prevail. The country needs to come together and start ridding itself of these traitors. Impeach everyone of them starting with Biden, Harris, Pelosi, Schumer, the squad etc etc.

  9. judy sandoval

    He did not let us down he did more for this nation and any other president some of his words might have been abrasive but it was for the Deep state so I thank God for using him as a tool to better this country

  10. Patricia A Williams

    You are so mistaken and feel you should say this as you will not be re elected, etc. I am 86 years old and I had the best 4 years under this President that I ever had had. I was afraid I wouldn’t have enough to live on until I die, but I was able to save some. Now Biden is taking it all and I will probably be selling pencils on the street to survive. He may talk rough and not always say what people want to hear, but he certainly tried hard to help us.

  11. NEECAPR

    Like many others, Mz Haley, like many others, is too busy with herself to look at any of the key pieces of multiple state election poll records that show a clear manipulation of vote count and outright added Biden counts that brought the majorities to the Biden totals.
    AND: It has obviously escaped her that those fine tuned but identifiable vote manipulation methods that Pres Trump is citing will be waiting for Republican candidates in the near future elections. Nothing was done or will be done under the new Democratic majority to eliminate their use.
    Regardless of Dem lip service (That is the Dem!) they won’t allow any departure from success.
    I used to think Miz Haley was fantastic until she was in the UN and overlooked a flow of her foreign aide money flowing to Soros.
    Remember back when all were saying “..but Mr. Trump’s not a politician!!” So nice!! Actually he could and needed to be in business, but, only as needed for progress in Washington!!

  12. JoeyP

    SHE DISSED a WHOLE LOT more than just POTUS TRUMP . . . like, well over HALF of potential VOTERS?!? I will NOT help her get elected, and MAY help the OTHER candidate PRIMARY her. WE DON’T need “never Trumpers” or RINOs – and She’s BOTH. it’s TIME to take OUT the TRASH in the GOP, if they HOPE to SURVIVE. One Enlightened Patriot. team Trump and His Allies 2020 – MAGA (WE’RE NOT going away!).

  13. Mary H, Gill

    I approve of Nikki Haley’s self-control and public behavior. She and Mike Pence are my choices for the next election. Although Trump is a good American and worthy of our attention, he has several disqualifying weaknesses, particularly his lack of self-restraint and his lapses of good manners. Americans who have to been reared to behave appropriately are offended by Trump’s embarrassing adolescent outbursts and unwise comments that detract from his patriotism. Pence and Haley are more skillful at expressing their reactions and thoughts without creating the disapproval and even disgust that Trump’s unwise and often less-than-articulate comments cause. Pence and Haley are both enthusiastic Americans patriots who have no difficulty speaking for us without causing us embarrassment.
    can evoke.

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