SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR “WEAK ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION”
As expected, GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump isn’t taking fresh criticism from establishment “Republican” Nikki Haley lying down.
The billionaire real estate mogul – who was blasted by Haley during her response to U.S. president Barack Obama‘s final State of the Union address – told Fox News the governor’s rebuke was linked to her weakness on the issue of illegal immigration.
“No. 1, she’s very weak on illegal immigration. I’ve known that for a long time,” Trump told the network.
Trump also said Haley’s latest attempt to demonize him was “interesting” considering she previously solicited campaign funds from him.
“She certainly has no trouble asking me for campaign contributions,” he said. “Because over the years, she’s asked me for a hell of a lot of money in campaign contributions. So it’s sort of interesting to hear her.”
Trump added that “perhaps if I weren’t running, she’d be in my office asking me for money. But now that I’m running, she wants to take a weak side on immigration. I feel very strongly about illegal immigration. She doesn’t.”
Haley’s broadside against Trump – and other “loud voices” in the GOP electorate – obviously isn’t the first time she’s gone after “The Donald.” Last fall, she blasted his rhetoric on the immigration issue – saying “we don’t need to attack so many millions of people who came here and did it the right way, like my parents.”
Trump has made comprehensive immigration reform the cornerstone of his candidacy. Haley? She favors the open borders policy embraced by liberal “Republicans” like Marco Rubio – whose presidential candidacy she is rumored to be on the verge of endorsing.
In fact, many believe Haley’s selection as the GOP’s “first responder” to Obama’s speech was intended to add value to her rumored Rubio endorsement.