Donald Trump has long been a controversial figure, having earned that distinction well before he even stepped into the political ring. This was a man famous for firing people, after all. If folks thought that The Donald was going to be a milquetoast politician, they had another thing coming.
But the last weeks of his presidency were more than just tumultuous; for some, they were seismic shifts in the way that our nation reveres itself. January 6th’s attempted insurrection at the US Capitol was too much for some of Trump’s most ardent allies, and there was a sense of pure exasperation ricocheting around DC in the hours after the siege itself. Lindsey Graham’s “I tried to be helpful” moment really encapsulated the onslaught of new emotions in that moment.
Now, other more staunch allies of Donald Trump are jumping ship as well, and doing so at a time in which our Senators are deliberating on convicting Trump of inciting that January 6th event.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley directly criticized former President Donald Trump for his involvement stoking the US Capitol riot in a new interview, a notable condemnation from someone who is widely viewed as harboring presidential hopes in a party that is still in thrall to Trump.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she told Politico magazine in an interview published Friday. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
In the Politico piece, Haley expressed anger over Trump’s treatment of former Vice President Mike Pence on January 6 and said she hasn’t spoken with Trump since then. Trump attacked Pence on Twitter that day for doing his duty of presiding over Congress’ counting of the Electoral College votes, as the mob of supporters broke into the Capitol hoping to stop the certification, some of whom chanted death threats against Pence.
“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley told Politico. “Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He’s been nothing but a good friend of that man. … I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
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