After almost a month of near-complete silence, former President Donald Trump is making his way back into the spotlight, proving that no matter how much Democrats and Never-Trumpers want him to go away, he still holds significant influence.
Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N Nikki Haley apparently forgot that when she gave an interview last week stabbing Trump in the back because when she reportedly asked to meet with Trump at Mar-a-Lago this week, he bluntly rejected the request.
In just a few short weeks, those who were using Trump to get ahead politically — like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — exposed themselves by condemning him to the media despite the lack of evidence that he had anything to do with the Capitol riot on January 6.
Haley remained quiet for some weeks after the riot but inexplicably gave an interview with Politico last week in which she trashed Trump’s handling of the electoral vote challenges, claiming she was “disgusted” by his conduct.
“We shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him,” she said of Trump’s claims that the election was stolen.
Haley previously aligned herself with Trump and was even floated in 2019 as a potential replacement running mate to Mike Pence for Donald Trump’s then-impending 2020 campaign. Haley is also said to have presidential ambitions, as rumors of a potential 2024 run have swirled for months.
However, without Trump’s support, Haley’s political ambitions aren’t likely to go far. Despite the best efforts of House Democrats to pin the blame for the January 6 riots on Trump, the former president came out on top once again and continues to remain deeply influential within the GOP.
Republicans that have rejected Trump based on the Capitol riots likely chose to publicly repudiate him in order to curry favor with voters, but it’s having the opposite effect. At this point, it’s undeniable that Trump isn’t going anywhere, and trashing him to the mainstream media isn’t going to get any so-called Republican very far.