Nikki Haley, the country’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, has made surprising comments about former President Donald Trump, saying that she thinks he “let us down.”
Haley said that “We need to acknowledge he let us down” in an interview with Politico that was published Friday. She added that Trump followed a road that he shouldn’t have gone through and that “we shouldn’t have followed him.”
“We can’t let that ever happen again.”
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These comments from the former Ambassador to the U.N. are her most scathing ones yet against Trump since the Capitol riot that occurred in January. They come as the former president’s lawyers plan on presenting their defense arguments at Trump’s impeachment trial on Friday.
The House of Representatives has decided to impeach Trump for a second time a few days after the mobbing of the Capitol. They cited his role in this attack as well as his unproven claims of voter fraud as the basis of the decision.
Haley revealed in the Politico interview that, since the Capitol attack, she has not spoken with the former president. Then, she further expressed disappointment about the speech Trump gave that spurred and incited the crowd last Jan. 6 to attack the capitol, in which he also condemned former Vice President Mike Pence
She then added that Trump thinks he’s following his oath of office by challenging the results of the election. Haley remarked that no one can do anything that will make him believe he “legitimately lost the election.”
“He’s got a big bully pulpit,” she said. “He should be responsible with it.”
Back in January, in the days following the Capitol siege, Haley also had some comments to say about Trump. In a speech made to RNC members, she claimed that the former president “badly” chose his words in the rally.
She even remarked that Trump’s actions following Election Day “will be judged harshly by history.”
In the Politico interview, Haley said that she didn’t expect people to view the speech positively and agree with her
She then recognized that a lot of people love and support Trump. She also said that despite everything, this support for Trump will not just disappear. Haley even claimed that the Republican Party would likely not go back to the way it was prior to Trump’s presidency. She also said, “I don’t think it should.”
Haley then suggests that with the good Trump has caused, they need to build upon it and leave the bad stuff behind. She says they should go back to being a “good, valuable, effective party.”
She then expressed her hopes that the U.S. can “come together” and find the means to “pull this back.”