Marjorie Taylor Greene, a staunch supporter of the MAGA movement, has expressed her position regarding the 2024 Republican primary. When Nikki Haley, former Governor of South Carolina, declared her candidacy, Greene criticized her by labeling her as “Bush in heels”. This remark alludes to the foreign policy perspectives of the Bush family, which were overshadowed in 2016 by the ascent of President Trump.
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene calls Nikki Haley ‘Bush in heels’ as former governor enters 2024 race https://t.co/7rYnKnfM8S
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In her campaign launch video, Haley placed emphasis on her gender by stating, “when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels.” In response, Greene commented, “If we wanted a ‘Bush in heels’, Republicans would vote for Liz Cheney.” Cheney, who is the daughter of Dick Cheney, the former Vice President under Bush, lost her Wyoming congressional seat in the previous year due to her opposition to Trump’s policies.
Moreover, Greene censured Haley for her moderate stances on immigration and cultural issues. Greene highlighted that when Haley served as governor of South Carolina, she “declined to back a transgender bathroom bill aimed at protecting children.” Additionally, Greene called attention to Haley’s lack of commitment towards strengthening border security, as she opposed constructing a wall, and defended Obama when President Trump criticized his open-borders approach.
The criticism expressed by Greene is reminiscent of the language employed by President Trump towards his main adversary, Ron DeSantis (R), whom he has branded a “RINO globalist”. Trump has also brought attention to “The Real Nikki Haley” and her previous advocacy for cuts to entitlements. This could be a potential line of attack that Trump may employ in the future against DeSantis, who is widely viewed as his strongest contender in the primaries.
Haley has typically trailed the pack of hypothetical primary candidates. However, Trump welcomed her entry into the race, saying “The more the merrier.” This could be because a divided GOP field could benefit him.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has expressed her lack of endorsement for Nikki Haley in the upcoming Republican primary election in 2024. Greene has voiced her objections to Haley’s more moderate stance on issues such as immigration, culture wars, border policies, and the transgender bathroom bill, which she perceives as not sufficiently protective of children. This critical perspective is similar to President Trump’s statements against his rival Ron DeSantis (R). However, Trump has welcomed Haley’s candidacy, hinting that a divided Republican field could work in his favor. The outcome of the 2024 Republican primary remains uncertain in light of these conflicting viewpoints.
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