California Love? Nikki Haley forgets where she’s campaigning in the Golden State at first rally in vital Super Tuesday state and is interrupted by climate change protester
Nikki Haley stumbled into a Los Angeles event forgetting where she was after finally heading west and snubbed Nevada by refusing to campaign in the early primary state she claims was ‘rigged’ for Donald Trump.
Her efforts to make up some ground in California and earn at least some delegates there on Super Tuesday may be futile as she trails the former president by 42 points – 66 percent to 24 percent.
Haley faced a single environmental protester during her stop at an American Legion in California on Wednesday night and dismissed them with, ‘God bless them.’
She also boasted about spending a year on the campaign trail and “beating a dozen guys” with just one left to go – front-runner Donald Trump.
But the former United Nations ambassador hasn’t stepped foot once in Nevada in the past year, deciding the early primary state in the west wasn’t worth her time since she couldn’t pick up delegates because of a wobbly swing of the state this year.
Former United Nations Amb. During remarks at an American Legion in Los Angeles Wednesday night, Nikki Haley forgot which Southern California district she is campaigning for.
This led to an embarrassing defeat in the Battle Born State in Tuesday’s primary where the ‘none of these candidates’ option beat her by a margin of 32.9 percent.
Haley went to California on Wednesday – the day between the Nevada primary and caucus – to try to make sure she doesn’t lose all the delegates there as well. The California GOP decided this year that if a candidate earns 50 percent or more of the vote, they earn all the delegates in the state.
“It’s great to be here in Orange County,” Haley said as she took the stage, which the crowd immediately corrected with shouts to the 2024 hopeful.
“Oh, LA County, sorry,” she laughed. “I used to be in Orange County.”
Haley added, “I don’t even know where I sleep these days, so you’ll have to forgive me for that.”
“Next week I will be in the campaign for a year, and when I think about what that year was like — we had 14 candidates,” she noted. “We could beat a dozen other guys.”
The bluff recalled 77-year-old rival Trump’s flub in October where he said he was in Sioux Falls, which is in South Dakota, but was actually in Sioux City, which is in the primary contest state of Iowa .
President Joe Biden, 81, has also often forgotten where he is, mixing up cities and states on several occasions in office and campaigning over the past few years.
Haley frequently points to the age and mental fitness of Biden and Trump as limiting factors in their ability to serve in the White House — and points to their mistakes as proof. She also says that legislators over the age of 75 should be required to take mental ability tests.
A lone climate change activist interrupted Haley’s remarks, holding up a sign that read: ‘Haley = Climate Criminal’
About halfway through Haley’s remarks Wednesday, she was interrupted by a lone protester holding a sign that read: ‘Haley = Climate Criminal.’
It appears to be an individual from the same Sunrise Movement environmental group that had members disrupt a series of campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire during their respective primary contests last month.
“Usually where there’s one, there’s more — so don’t be surprised if more show up,” Haley said, though no one else erupted.
“But let me say, don’t ever get upset if you see a protester,” she added. “Because my husband and his military brothers and sisters sacrifice every day for them to have the right to do this.”
Despite her stunning defeat by ‘nobody’ in Nevada’s Tuesday primary and her inability to pick up delegates in Thursday’s caucus because she is not on the ballot, Haley still maintains that she is not withdrawing from the race.
Instead, she says she’s looking ahead to Super Tuesday, when California and 14 other states cast their ballots in the Republican primary.
“As we get ready for Super Tuesday, if we start looking at what’s out there, just know I’m not going anywhere,” Haley told an enthusiastic crowd in Los Angeles.
“I’m in this for the long haul,” she added. “And it’s going to be messy, and it’s going to hurt, and it’s going to leave some bruises.”
“But at the end of the day I don’t mind taking it if you go right with me.”