Nikki Haley slams Trump for mocking husband’s military service. Tension rises in GOP primary race as Haley defends family honor.
Former South Carolina governor and Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley has fiercely criticized former President Donald Trump for mocking her husband’s military service. Trump’s comments, made at a rally in Conway, South Carolina, questioning the whereabouts of Haley’s husband, a South Carolina Army National Guard major deployed on active duty, drew a sharp rebuke from Haley.
At a separate rally in Gilbert, South Carolina, Haley condemned Trump’s remarks, asserting that anyone who mocks the service of a combat veteran is unfit to be president. She further called for mental competency tests for individuals over the age of 75, indirectly referencing Trump’s age.
Haley’s husband, Michael Haley, has been deployed in the Horn of Africa since June last year. His absence has become a point of contention in the political arena, with Haley defending his service and highlighting the sacrifices made by military families.
Trump’s history of avoiding military service, coupled with his disparaging comments towards veterans, has drawn criticism from Haley and others. Haley’s husband also responded to Trump’s remarks with a post on social media, indirectly addressing the issue.
The clash between Haley and Trump comes amidst the GOP primary race in South Carolina, where Trump holds a significant lead in polls. Haley’s campaign strategy has included targeting Trump’s age and cognitive abilities, as she seeks to gain ground in her home state.
The war of words underscores the tension within the Republican Party and the stakes involved in the upcoming primary contest. Haley’s willingness to confront Trump highlights her determination to assert her own political identity and challenge the dominance of the former president within the party.