Nikki Haley is trying to become the GOP nominee in 2024 but she has one big problem – former President Donald Trump. Trump has not confirmed whether he will run in 2024 although all signs point to a rematch with Biden.
So Haley and others in the GOP who think they have a chance are in “a holding pattern unlike any previous race” a frustrated Haley insider told Vanity Fair.
Vanity Fair asked Trump to comment on all the others making veiled moves to run in 2024 and Haley will not be happy with what she hears. If Trump runs, he wins the GOP primary in a landslide.
But if he doesn’t run, he is just as powerful as his endorsement will most probably determine the race. So when Trump dismissed Haley as little more than an afterthought, you know it crushed her.
“Well, every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later,” Trump told Vanity Fair. “I guess she gets the base,” he added which means she has no shot at the nomination.
From Vanity Fair:
Will any of this matter in the end? It all depends on Trump. Inside the GOP, speculating about Trump’s future has become a fevered guessing game. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy recently told a Republican that he doesn’t think Trump will run, which, in my conversations, is the minority view.
“I think Trump running again is more likely than not,” said Caputo. Another prominent GOP strategist put it this way: “What does Trump have to lose by running? His business sucks. He’s doing tours with Bill O’Reilly.”
Trump told me he’s focused on electing MAGA candidates in 2022. Beyond that, he’s leaving options open.
“I’m actually writing a book. You have a lot of publishers that would love to get this book, so we’ll see what happens.”
What about a Trump TV network? “People are calling about that. But I’m not looking to do anything in particular,” he said.
Whether Trump runs or not, he’s bound to be the single most dominant force in the Republican primary.
His rallies continue to draw tens of thousands of MAGA diehards, and he’s sitting on a $200 million war chest from his super PAC.
Potential candidates seeking his support are already making pilgrimages to Mar-a-Lago to kiss the ring like they’re contestants on The Apprentice. “They all want my endorsement, and they’re all being very nice,” Trump said.
“If Trump doesn’t run, you’re going to have 2016 on steroids.” Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Ted Cruz, and more are rumored to run for the 2024 Republican nomination—but will Trump take the ticket for himself? @gabrielsherman reports for V.F.: https://t.co/dQhctklmof— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) September 2, 2021