(DailyVantage.com) – Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley may have found validation once again that her campaign is getting some traction after she found herself yet again the target of a tirade from former president Donald Trump, whom she is running against for the Republican presidential nomination.
In a recent rally in Iowa, Trump told attendees that Haley, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations—incidentally appointed by him—was more concerned about global issues than with the problems America is facing at the moment.
“She likes the globe. I like America first,” Trump told his supporters.
He also accused his one-time ally of being funded by donors affiliated with President Joe Biden and the Democrats. In the same vein, he called Haley a “sellout” and an “establishment loser.”
The former president also took aim at Haley’s faux pas last week, where she failed to mention slavery as the cause of the Civil War. She then blamed the question on a “plant” and waved off criticism that she was racist, saying she “had black friends growing up.”
While the former chief executive continues to enjoy an overall commanding lead among Republican voters in polls, Haley has steadily risen through the ranks and now comes ever so close to Trump in polls in New Hampshire, an early battleground for presidential hopefuls.
For her part, Haley’s campaign has fired back against Trump, challenging him to finally attend a Republican presidential debate. The next debate is scheduled to be held in Des Moines, Iowa.
Poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight puts Trump’s overall support among conservative voters at 61.3% as of press time, while Haley has 11.4% support. Her support among Republicans puts her well within striking distance of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who comes in second in the rankings with his 12.4% support.
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