Nikki Haley slams media for already wanting to ‘coronate’ Trump in VERY testy interview in do-or-die New Hampshire primary: Republican says calls for her to drop out are ‘not democracy’
Nikki Haley told Fox News in a testy back-and-forth that her campaign was going to “go through the cracks” and that she didn’t condone the media rallying around Trump, despite his huge lead in the polls.
Haley’s comments come after the final DailyMail.com New Hampshire poll showed Trump leading her by 20 points ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
“I don’t care how much you all want to crown Donald Trump,” Haley told the hosts of Fox & Friends in a tense exchange. “At the end of the day, that’s not what Americans want.”
In response, host Brian Kilmeade said: ‘I wonder why you think we’re the enemy.’
Haley shot back: ‘I looked at the media and said ‘this is Donald Trump’s to have’. Look at the political class all merging together and saying everyone should get out. That’s not democracy.’
“Americans don’t want a Trump-Biden rematch,” she continued. “Americans want a choice and we’re going to give that choice.”
Haley told Fox News hosts she would not turn around and hand the GOP nomination to Trump
Haley and her campaign are looking for a strong showing in New Hampshire ahead of the primary in her home state of South Carolina
The latest DailyMail.com poll puts Haley 20 points behind former President Trump
Fox host Ainsley Earhardt tried to ease the tension during the interview, admitting to Haley ‘we certainly do our best to be accurate.’
Later in the interview, Haley also added that she will have a “strong showing today here in New Hampshire” and that her campaign is “heading to South Carolina.”
Haley also said she was not interested in a vice presidential role, adding ‘I’m not playing for second.’
The former president has orchestrated a show of strength since Ron DeSantis dropped out on Sunday, sparking a huge outpouring of support and endorsements.
In rallies, he brought former rivals including Vivek Ramaswamy and Tim Scott on stage in what a top campaign aide described as ‘Avengers Assemble’.
Nikki Haley’s future in the White House race hangs in the balance with the final DailyMail.com New Hampshire poll showing Donald Trump leading by 20 points in the primary
He now enters the Republican contest with a chance to repeat his landslide victory in the Iowa caucus, defeat his last opponent Haley and clinch the nomination.
As the GOP contenders suspended their campaigns, the GOP fell into line and anointed Trump as the only candidate who could beat Biden in 2024.
The latest DailyMail.com/JL Partners poll shows Trump at 57 percent to Haley’s 37.
Just 24 hours earlier, Haley was trailing by just 10 points and had a glimmer of hope if independent and Democratic voters would support her.
On the last day the 851-person poll was conducted, Trump had a 40-point advantage over Haley in respondents polled by JL Partners.
Even if she sees a surge of support from undeclared New Hampshire residents, she may still struggle to close the gap.
“DeSantis’ exit from the race added rocket fuel to Donald Trump,” James Johnson, co-founder of JL Partners, told DailyMail.com.
‘He had a commanding 40-point lead over Nikki Haley in our final day of fielding – all after the DeSantis fall.
“This means our final poll, which takes into account all days of fieldwork, gives Trump a 20-point advantage.
Add in the fact that Haley voters lack enthusiasm, and Trump looks poised for a big win. The air of inevitability now surrounds Donald Trump. If this poll is accurate, then the primary contest ends tonight.’
The former president has orchestrated a show of strength in recent days that has seen a huge surge of support and endorsements since Ron DeSantis dropped out of the race on Sunday.
The latest results come just four days after Haley banned DailyMail.com reporters and photographers from all her campaign events.
Trump urged his former UN ambassador to drop out and unite behind him so he can take down Joe Biden in a 2020 rematch.
Haley has fended off those calls in recent days, insisting she will stay in the race until the primary in her home state of South Carolina in a month.
But she’s trailing Trump by as many as 20 points in the Palmetto State polls, and her path to the nomination is narrowing every day.
The first polls open at 06:00 in the Granite State and the last will close at 20:00. If Trump has an insurmountable lead in the votes, the result could be known before 9 p.m.
If Trump does pull off another victory like Iowa, where he won by 30 points, Haley will face a flurry of questions about whether she can stay in the race.
She hit the campaign trail hard, filling bars and hotel ballrooms with supporters who don’t want to see Trump back on the ticket.
The former South Carolina governor focused on Trump’s recent mistakes to insist he is not mentally fit to be president.
But according to DailyMail.com/JL Partners data, her message struggled to break through the dominance of the MAGA faithful.
More polling data shows that Haley supporters are motivated by one thing: stopping Trump.
More than half of Haley’s fans said the main reason for supporting the former South Carolina governor was “to stop Trump.”
And that’s part of the reason why she’s struggling to make a dent in the front-runner’s colossal lead.
The results came from a survey of 651 people who said they would vote in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
The latest DailyMail.com/JL Partners poll shows Trump at 57 percent to Haley’s 37. Just 24 hours earlier, Haley was trailing by just 10 points and had a glimmer of hope if independent and Democratic voters would back her
Respondents were asked to explain their choice in a single sentence.
“Nikki Haley’s support is not about Nikki Haley. Only two percent say they are voting for her because of her policies,’ Johnson added.
“Instead, it’s about stopping Donald Trump. This, coupled with low enthusiasm for Haley, limits her vote pool in these primaries to a relatively small number of people, especially in later contests where undeclared voters cannot vote.
“While Trump’s supporters are energized for positive reasons: Trump’s strength, his plans on the economy and – above all – his record in his first term.
“This is an election that Trump is dominating: even his opposition knows it.”
Trump’s victory in Iowa last week means he has already taken one step toward his party’s presidential nomination.
Another win in New Hampshire would make him anything but unstoppable.
“It should be over tomorrow, almost regardless because, by the way, if she won tomorrow, it should be over because there’s no way forward,” Donald Trump Jr. said. Haley told reporters while campaigning for his father in Hollis on Monday. , NH