Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is lashing out at Trump: too old, too confused and too hot-tempered to lead the country

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is lashing out at Trump: too old, too confused and too hot-tempered to lead the country
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is lashing out at Trump: too old, too confused and too hot-tempered to lead the country
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She is Donald Trump’s last remaining opponent in the race for the Republican nomination for the American presidency, but since her loss in the state of New Hampshire early last week, no one thinks Nikki Haley has much of a chance of winning.

In order to turn those odds in her favor, she attacks Trump – and in one way also President Joe Biden (81) – on his age. In a new series of political ads, she portrays Biden and Trump as ‘stumbling seniors‘ (stumbling seniors) and ‘Grumpy old men’ including a photoshopped image from the 1993 film of the same name with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. “This is the rematch that no one wants,” she wrote on X with the photo.

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New generation of leaders

Speaking to news channel CNN, the former governor of the state of South Carolina called it “absurd” that the United States would be saddled with two 80-year-old presidential candidates. When asked whether she fears scaring off older voters with her new tactics, she replied negatively. “Older people understand me. This isn’t about being disrespectful. We need people at the top of their game, including in Congress,” Haley said. “This is about our national security, about the future of our economy. We’ve already seen Trump confused. Biden has slowed down a lot in the last few years. Two men in their eighties are bound to deteriorate mentally, that’s just a fact. The elderly also see that we need a leader from a new generation.”

Haley thinks Trump is too old, too quick-tempered and too chaotic to be president. In recent weeks, she has also questioned Trump’s morality and his ability to distinguish right from wrong.

To encourage political renewal, Haley, who served as UN ambassador under President Trump, already advocated cognitive tests for politicians aged 75 and older. About two weeks ago, Haley criticized Trump after he confused her in an interview with Democrat Nancy Pelosi, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives. Just before the polls opened in New Hampshire on January 23, she told CBS that while Trump is “mentally fit” for the presidency, he is “deteriorating.”

“Unconscionably high expenditure”

Haley also attacked Trump, who never fails to boast about his wealth, on his sky-high spending. New documents show that two political action committees behind Trump spent nearly $29 million on his legal fees in the second half of 2023. The New York Times expects that spending to rise to about $50 million this year.

Haley during a speech on Thursday, February 1 in South Carolina. — © EPA-EFE

“There will be even more campaign money going to legal costs because those lawsuits have only just begun,” Haley said. “He has two in March and they will continue for the rest of the year,” Haley told CNN. “I find it unconscionable that a candidate would spend $50 million on legal fees. It explains why he doesn’t do many meetings. He doesn’t have the money for it.”

“I find it unconscionable that a candidate would spend $50 million on legal fees. It explains why Trump doesn’t do many rallies. He doesn’t have the money for it.”

Nikki Haley

Republican presidential candidate

In addition to his legal expenses, Trump was ordered last week to pay no less than $83 million in damages for defamation of writer E. Jean Carroll. There could be significant additional claims for damages in the four ongoing lawsuits against the American ex-president.

Home game

For the time being, only the states of Iowa and New Hampshire have been able to speak out in the Republican primary, two states where Trump left the competition behind. Nevada will be next on February 8, followed by South Carolina on February 24. For Haley, that last stop will be a home game that she cannot lose.

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