Nikki Haley mocks Trump’s ‘temper tantrums’ and says he causes ‘chaos and drama


Nikki Haley has ramps up her attacks on Donald Trump, mocking him for throwing a ‘temper tantrum’ about her candidacy and positioning herself as the only alternative to the former president.

‘We’re focused on Trump. That’s the key focus,’ she said at an event in New Hampshire on Thursday morning.

‘I’ve said it over and over again, rightly or wrongly chaos and drama follows him,’ she said. ‘My style is different. No vendetta, no drama, no vengeance.’

She revealed her new, combative tone as polls show her making a steady climb in the first-in-the-nation primary state. Her campaign argues Trump is running scared. But its Haley’s candidacy that depends on a strong finish in New Hampshire, which would include a close second. 

'I've said it over and over again, rightly or wrongly chaos and drama follows him,' Nikki Haley said of Donald Trump. 'My style is different. No vendetta, no drama, no vengeance.'

‘I’ve said it over and over again, rightly or wrongly chaos and drama follows him,’ Nikki Haley said of Donald Trump. ‘My style is different. No vendetta, no drama, no vengeance.’

‘He’s panicking. That’s why he’s attacking Nikki,’ New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, a Republican who has endorsed Haley, said of Trump.

‘He knows it’s a two-person race. He’s the one that won’t get on the debate stage. He’s the one that’s in kind of down his heels mode right now,’ Sununu added. ‘He has no strategy other than to keep flying in, do his little country club, style.’

He also blasted Trump for not making the rounds in the state. Traditionally New Hampshire voters like to shake hands with candidates, hear from them at small events and have the chance to question them.

‘He’s not here. He’s taking people for granted. He flies in and out,’ Sununu said of Trump. ‘That’s a losing strategy.’

But Trump leads Haley by 14 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average of New Hampshire. The polls also show, however, that Haley is on an upward trajectory – in the past two months she has climbed steadily from 20% to 38%. 

Nikki Haley, along with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, campaigned at Robie's Country store in Hooksett, N.H.

Nikki Haley, along with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, campaigned at Robie’s Country store in Hooksett, N.H.

Nikki Haley signs an autograph for a young fan

Nikki Haley signs an autograph for a young fan

On Thursday, Haley took questions from voters and the media after limiting Q&A sessions after she flubbed a question on the origins of the Civil War. 

But with five days until New Hampshire voters go to the polls, she has ramped up her schedule in the state and, at each event, spends nearly an hour talking to voters and taking selfies. 

She did two public events, one at a packed community center and the other at a local market that is a traditional stop for presidential candidates. Both stops were packed with people. The community center was standing room only and there was a line waiting to get into the market.  

Trump, meanwhile, is going hard after Haley, who served as his ambassador to the United Nations. 

‘I don’t know that she’s a Democrat, but she’s very close. She’s far too close for you,’ the former president told voters at a rally in Portsmouth on Wednesday night. 

His campaign is also hitting her hard with advertising in the state. 

Haley finished a disappointing third in Monday’s Iowa caucuses but polls show she could fare much better in New Hampshire, where she has focused much of her time and attention. Trump won Iowa by 30 points. 

Independent voters play an outsized share in the state and she has focused her appeal to them. 

Nikki Haley has been spending about an hour at each event, talking to voters and taking selfies

Nikki Haley has been spending about an hour at each event, talking to voters and taking selfies

Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley met (pictured) Steven Schimmel, 40, and his daughter Bianca Schimmel, 1, at a campaign event with New Hampshire Governor Sununu at Alpine Grove Event Center in Hollis, New Hampshire

 Republican Presidential candidate Nikki Haley met (pictured) Steven Schimmel, 40, and his daughter Bianca Schimmel, 1, at a campaign event with New Hampshire Governor Sununu at Alpine Grove Event Center in Hollis, New Hampshire

Polls show Nikki Haley is on the rise in New Hampshire and she needs a strong finish in the state to keep her candidacy alive

Polls show Nikki Haley is on the rise in New Hampshire and she needs a strong finish in the state to keep her candidacy alive

Some of her biggest applause lines on Thursday morning were when she told voters she’s the best alternative to Trump and President Joe Biden.

‘More of the same is not just Joe Biden. More of the same is Donald Trump,’ she said.

‘The majority of Americans don’t want to see two 80 years olds battling it out for president,’ she added.

It was an argument she repeated as she campaigned throughout the state on Thursday.

‘More of the same is not just Joe Biden. More of the same is Joe Biden and Donald Trump. 70% of Americans don’t want to rematch between Biden and Trump. The majority of Americans disapprove of Biden and Trump,’ she told voters at Robie’s Country store outside of Manchester.

‘Everybody knows Biden and Trump has trillions of dollars in debt that our kids will never forgive us for. We know that Biden and Trump are involved in investigations and distractions,’ she added.

Polls show a significant number of voters would like an alternative candidate to Trump and Biden with most Americans not wanting to see a repeat of the 2020 election. 

One of those voters was Steven Schimmel, who drove an hour from Massachusetts with his one-year-old daughter Bianca to see Haley.

‘If it’s Nikki Haley, versus Biden, I’ll vote for Haley,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘If it’s Trump versus Biden, I’ll vote for Biden.’

He said he voted for Biden in 2020 because ‘it was as much of a vote against Trump as it was for anything else.’ 

But he also acknowledged the problem Haley’s campaign is facing, in the GOP primary it will be tough to overcome Trump’s devoted MAGA army to win the nomination. Polls show him with a double digit lead.

‘Rising to the top on the national level, I think it’s tough within the Republican Party in a way that appeals to moderates,’ he said.

Nikki Haley says Hi to Bianca Schimmel, 1, and her dad Stephen

Nikki Haley says Hi to Bianca Schimmel, 1, and her dad Stephen

Donald Trump has gone on the attack against Nikki Haley

Donald Trump has gone on the attack against Nikki Haley

Haley is staking her candidacy on appealing to such a group and is hoping a strong finish in New Hampshire – which would include a close second – will propel her to the next contest, which takes place in her home state of South Carolina.

Trump, however, has a huge lead in the state and endorsements from powerful politicians there, including the governor. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who hasn’t spent much time campaigning in New Hampshire, will be there over the weekend to try and poke at Haley.

She dismissed his trip: ‘He’s closer to zero than he is to me. I mean, he’s invisible.’



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