Nikki Haley's announcement of her candidacy in the 2024 presidential election has been met with a variety of reactions. Supporters of the former South Carolina governor have expressed their enthusiasm for having a woman of color vying for the White House and view it as an opportunity for a fresh perspective to be brought to the Oval Office. On the other hand, there is also backlash from those who feel betrayed by Haley going against her earlier promise of not running if Trump were to win re-election.
Her supporters had thought that she was committed to staying true to her words and that she would honor her pledge regardless of what happened in 2020. However, now that Trump has officially declared his intention to seek re-election, some are feeling let down by Haley’s change of heart. They consider it hypocritical of her to go back on something which was so important and meaningful to them.
AP News reported,
Former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, often mentioned as a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, said Monday that she would not seek her party’s nomination if former President Donald Trump opts to run a second time.
“Yes,” Haley said, when asked if she would support a second bid by Trump, in whose Cabinet she served for the first half of his administration.
“I would not run if President Trump ran, and I would talk to him about it,” Haley said, asked by The Associated Press if a possible Trump bid could preclude her own effort, were he to announce first. “That’s something that we’ll have a conversation about at some point, if that decision is something that has to be made.”
Haley’s decision has become even more significant since she is one of few women currently involved in politics and many have been inspired by her career successes over the years. Her background as a successful politician and businesswoman gives her an edge over other contenders, as does her experience serving as US Ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018 under Trump’s administration.
Although some may still be disappointed by Haley’s choice, others are optimistic that this could potentially be a historic moment - not only because she is a woman but because she comes from an Indian-American heritage, making her potentially the first person from this ethnic group ever elected President in America. For this reason alone, many Americans hope that Nikki Haley will succeed in gaining enough support throughout the country so that they can witness history being made in 2024.
Haley's announcement video focused on her story as an immigrant daughter and how she wants to bring "renewal of American pride" back into politics. She also spoke about how she believes in bipartisanship and working together across party lines in order to get things done. While these are all admirable goals, it does little to assuage those who feel betrayed by her decision to break her promise not to run against Trump in 2024.
Get excited! Time for a new generation.
Let’s do this! 👊 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BD5k4WY1CP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 14, 2023
It remains unclear whether or not Haley will be successful in her bid for the presidency, but this move has certainly caused a rift between herself and President Trump's supporters. In my opinion, her campaign is already doomed to die.