2024

Nikki Haley Flip-Flops On Donald Trump’s Indictment

Former president was “incredibly reckless …”

Former South Carolina governor and 2024 presidential candidate Nikki Haley is changing her tune on Donald Trump’s latest criminal indictment – although it remains to be seen whether her newest flip-flop is indicative of a permanent shift in her political calculus.

Then again … is anything really permanent when it comes to Haley?

Or is everything about her just perpetual political machination … a never-ending attempt to have her cake and eat it, too?

Haley’s initial response to Trump’s federal indictment fell squarely in line with the prevailing sentiment of her party.

“This is not how justice should be pursued in our country,” Haley wrote. “The American people are exhausted by the prosecutorial overreach, double standards, and vendetta politics. It’s time to move beyond the endless drama and distractions.”

It didn’t take long for Haley to switch gears, though.

“If this indictment is true, if what it says is actually the case, president Trump was incredibly reckless with our national security,” Haley told Fox News earlier this week.

Haley went on to make her disdain for Trump’s alleged conduct personal …

“My husband’s about to deploy this weekend,” she said. “This puts all of our military men and women in danger, if you are going to talk about what our military is capable of or how we would go about invading or doing something with one of our enemies. And if that’s the case, it’s reckless, it’s frustrating, and it causes problems.”

Haley’s move was – not surprisingly – praised by the far left.

“It’s refreshing that someone running against Trump is remembering that she is in fact running against Trump,” Tori Otten wrote for The New Republic.

Unfortunately for Haley, readers of The New Republic aren’t exactly her target market as she campaigns for the presidency. Even more unfortunately for Haley, her target market isn’t buying what she’s selling. Four months after jumping into the race, Haley remains mired in low single digits – drawing the support of 3.4 percent of the GOP electorate, according to the latest aggregate polling from RealClearPolitics.

That puts her behind Trump (52.4 percent), Florida governor Ron DeSantis (21.9 percent) and former vice president Mike Pence (4.6 percent). According to the latest CBS News’ polling, only 15 percent of GOP primary voters are even considering voting for Haley – meaning not only is she drawing limited support, she has a limited ceiling.

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Flip-flopping when it comes to Trump is obviously nothing new for Haley … whose time on the national stage has been defined by her repetitive contortions related to the former president.

Haley even flip-flopped on whether to run against Trump …

“I would not run if President Trump ran,” Haley told reporter Meg Kinnard of The Associated Press in April of 2021.

Asked point blank by Kinnard whether she would support another Trump presidential bid, Haley responded “yes.”

Obviously, plans changed … although political conspiracy theorists have previously postulated that Haley and Trump reached some sort of understanding ahead of her announcement. The gist of that rumored “understanding?” She would peel votes away from DeSantis – in exchange for consideration as his vice presidential nominee. That speculation ramped up when Haley went after DeSantis for his ongoing war with über-woke corporate giant Disney.

Regular members of our audience will recall Haley campaigned aggressively against Trump during his initial presidential run, yet wound up as his ambassador to the United Nations. That appointment was no reflection of Trump’s trust in Haley, though. Rather, it was a sop to then-S.C. lieutenant governor Henry McMaster – a Trump supporter who ascended to the governorship of the Palmetto State once Haley had been duly confirmed to Trump’s cabinet.

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Nikki Haley and Donald Trump at the White House in 2019. (The White House)

Haley lasted two years as Trump’s ambassador before resigning to lay the groundwork for her presidential bid.

“I have taken a dim view of Haley over the years, but I have never – and would never – write her off,” I noted last summer. “Her identitypolitik, financial backing and neocon support are a potent cocktail at the national level – one which has kept her in the mix despite multiple unforced errors and an underlying lack of consistency.”

Haley keeps making errors, though. And her underlying lack of consistency – displayed so often on so many issues – has come to define her as a politician.

Will Nikki Haley ever discover the courage of her own convictions (assuming she has any)? Or is she destined to forever remain a falling feather – flitting hither and yon on the ever-shifting winds of political expedience?

Haley is frankly running out of time to demonstrate that she has anything resembling a primum mobile beyond her own upward mobility.

“Haley’s core problem is that she has no guiding principle outside of her own ambition,” I noted in a column two years ago. “And while that is certainly true of any number of politicians, Haley is absolutely terrible at hiding it.”

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Will Folks (Brett Flashnick)

Will Folks is the founding editor of the news outlet you are currently reading. Prior to founding FITSNews, he served as press secretary to the governor of South Carolina. He lives in the Midlands region of the state with his wife and seven children.

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13 comments

She’ll be fine June 14, 2023 at 2:26 pm

Trump will be in prison.

Nikki won’t.

#winning

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John McCain June 14, 2023 at 4:07 pm

Odd. I thought the GOP liked people who didn’t get captured.

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Jordan Smith June 14, 2023 at 2:29 pm

She flopped because the polls show the American People aren’t buying his b.s. and look at those feeble crowds in NYC and Miami… She still won’t win the nomination.

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Elephant Graveyard June 14, 2023 at 4:06 pm

It takes a true dedication to intellectual dishonesty to still be sticking up for Trump.

One can only hope this is where the GOP falls apart forever.

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RC June 14, 2023 at 4:29 pm

While completely true about Haley, it’s just as true about Trump. These people have no actual positions on anything.

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CongareeCatfish Top fan June 14, 2023 at 4:56 pm

Ronnie D = (95% of Trump MAGA and anti- woke Policies) + better fiscal discipline – (Trump leadership style chaos + Trump baggage +Trump bad personnel decisions + age that will eventually show itself) + 8 yrs in White House so the swamp doesn’t just wait you out for 4 yrs.

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Chris Memminger June 14, 2023 at 11:23 pm

Did you have sex with her or not Bill? All your wife’s friends, your kids friends, my family and friends, all your hammond and presbyterian “classmates” for 5 years in each direction, all of First Presbyterian Church, quote your salacious allegations every holiday and christmas. “Who are the gamecocks gonna sign?” “Will Bill Folks allege or perpetrate sexual allegations this year?” You are famous for the allegations you make and that are made against you. Nothing is real, nothing is ok, and everything is a basis for personal offense: the woke/broke legacy of Bill Folks. We see you man. Take your whorey judgement elsewhere before we all start saying everything we can remember to cnn.

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Adeline Lundy June 14, 2023 at 11:56 pm

I am talking to national news producers about the crazy stuff I can remember. $5,000 just to say “he was drunk a lot and said they did it”.

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That Dude June 15, 2023 at 12:05 am

And its tough to tell who you mean Adeline! Bill alleged the hottest sex story I have ever read when he passionately had sex with Ambassador Haley who was willingly and allegedly cheating on her husband and loved it. Draw ur own conclusions. Husband 10,000 miles away right now like every election.

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Bob Woodward June 15, 2023 at 8:14 am

Nikki is a power hungry whore with a beta husband and a certifiably crazy sister.

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Ralph Hightower Top fan June 20, 2023 at 12:52 pm

Just an opportunistic politician.

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Lone Ranger July 4, 2023 at 11:25 pm

Haley…”no guiding principle outside of her own ambition”…BINGO !!!

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Lone Ranger July 4, 2023 at 11:27 pm

Haley…”no guiding principle but her own ambition”…BINGO !!!

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