• Criticizing Donald Trump: Nikki Haley’s Courage? Nikki Haley’s Political Suicide? Mix of Both?

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    Surge Summary:  In the wake of the January 6th storming of the U.S. Capitol, former Trump-appointed U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley has come out with open criticism of the President. A gutsy call? A career ending one?

    by Peter Heck ·

    Despite the hangdog two months which Donald Trump has just endured, not many of his backers have proven willing to utter even the most guarded criticism of him, remaining bluntly unmoved from their undiluted Trump support/Trump defense.

    In that regard, you can mark down Nikki Haley as a stark exception.

    Peter Heck reports:

    Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley offered some pointed criticism of her ex-boss Friday. Haley, who has been widely considered a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2024, directly condemned former President Donald Trump for his role in what occurred at the Capitol on January 6.

    “We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley said in an interview. “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.”

    The former ambassador and South Carolina governor was particularly angry with Trump for his callous treatment of former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump spoke poorly of Pence at his January 6 rally and then attacked his running mate on Twitter the same day after Pence moved forward to certify the electoral vote.

    “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.”

    The columnist is surely playing down things when he points out: “If she harbors any future political ambition, the decision to criticize Trump publicly is a risky one for Haley as the former president remains very popular in the Republican Party.”

    Indeed, while it doubtless demanded a hefty dose of political courage for Haley to vocalize her less-than-adulatory assessment of the guy who appointed her to the Turtle Bay post, her decision could also turn out to be an act of career suicide. As anyone who’s been paying any attention to the electoral landscape the last four years certainly recognizes, many of the forty-fifth president’s staunchest supporters will brook no criticism – zero, not even a hint of it – toward their man. Anyone – anyone! – who hazards even a whisper of disapproval toward Donald Trump could find him/herself on the resentful outs with the MAGA set.

    Here recent knocks, further to that, are not the first time Haley has made public her disapproval of her one-time boss’s behavior. Back in 2019, when he and late Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings were locked in an acerbic back-and-forth over the President’s unflattering description of Cumming’s Baltimore district, news broke that Cumming’s home had possibly been burglarized. Trump snipingly tweeted: ““Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!”

    To which Haley offered this pithily disapproving twitter response: “”This is so unnecessary,” (adding an eye roll emoji, to punch home her sentiments.)

    Last week, her objections appeared a bit more voluble: “Never did I think he would spiral out like this. The person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election.”

    More Heck: “The former ambassador did say that she thought it was important Republicans ‘take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did,’ and move forward.”

    Which happens to be sound advice for life in general, for evaluating any situation or person. It also happens to be biblically solid counsel: Hold onto the good stuff, pull away from the bad (1 Thessalonians 5: 21-22). Separate “the wheat from the chaff” (Luke 3:17). Distinguish between the “precious and the vile” (Jeremiah 15:19).

    Baseball fans might frame it as: “Calling balls and strikes”.

    A certain segment of Donald Trump devotees plainly won’t countenance that approach. Should Nikki Haley formally launch a bid for the White House in the months ahead, she’ll find out very personally how big a segment that ends up being.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    H/T Disrn.

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