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Nikki Haley On Behalf Of All The Women taunts Trump and he takes the bait. Will she keep it up?

Donald Trump doesn’t respond well to women who challenge, question or mock him. They bring out the worst in him. Nikki Haley is doing all three and has turned the Republican nomination contest into something worth watching.

Put aside whether Haley can win next month’s South Carolina primary or how well she will do on Super Tuesday and beyond. Put aside questions about “the math” or “her path” to the nomination or discussion about whether the race for the Republican presidential nomination essentially ended after Trump’s decisive victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Remember, Nikki’s stay on the trail frustrates the Orangeman for one reason:

The only reason Mr Trump is running for the White House is to stay out of jail.

If he remains the sole Republican nominee and any of his cases convict him, he will claim sympathy for political interference.

Nikki on the other hand would prefer to stay as a viable alternative if this scenario comes sooner.

This interferes with the Orangeman’s plans and hence the open irritation of Nikki’s plan to stay until after Super Tuesday which is months away:grinning:

Returning Wednesday to her home turf of South Carolina, Nikki took full opportunity of the opening provided by Trump the night before. After Haley took the stage on primary night before the president and declared that the race was “far from over,” he responded by belittling her with a huffy, angry and at times incoherent victory speech. :grinning: :grinning:

“So we got out there and we did our thing and we said what we had to say,” Haley told a crowd of supporters on Wednesday in North Charleston, S.C. “And then Donald Trump got out there and just threw a temper tantrum. He pitched a fit. He was insulting. He was doing what he does. But I know that’s what he does when he’s insecure. I know that’s what he does when he is threatened. And he should feel threatened without a doubt.”

Haley also reminded the audience that Trump had confused her with Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker, during an appearance in New Hampshire over the weekend. She says politicians older than 75 should undergo mental competency tests — drawing a contrast between herself, 52, and the 77-year-old Trump, as well as with President Biden, 81.

She also struck at Trump’s unwillingness to debate his Republican rivals. She wants more than anything a one-on-one with the former president. “Bring it, Donald,” she said, taunting him. “Let’s see what you’ve got.” :slightly_smiling_face:

Fullscreen buttonNikki Haley takes a selfie with her supporters during a campaign event Wednesday in North Charleston, S.C.

Nikki Haley takes a selfie with her supporters during a campaign event Wednesday in North Charleston, S.C.© Randall Hill/Reuters

Much of this was said in a soft, Southern drawl and with a smile on her face. It was not strident, just a little fun talk among friends. But it got the job done. Her comments went viral.

As anyone who has watched Trump over the years knows, Haley isn’t the first woman to get under his skin. He doesn’t like strong and persistent women, is especially bothered by those who don’t pay him utmost respect and deference. He lashes out — and sometimes pays a price.

On Friday, a jury in New York awarded E. Jean Carroll $83.3 million in damages for defamatory comments he had made about her. A different jury earlier had found him guilty of sexually abusing and defaming her.

Trump constantly disrespected Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign. She was, he said, “unbalanced,” “unhinged” and “pathological.” He made vulgar remarks about a bathroom break she took during a debate and an even worse one about her loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 primaries.

He put his sexism out there for everyone to see during the first Republican debate in 2015, when Megyn Kelly, then a Fox News anchor, said to him: “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.’” Trump interrupted: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” To which Kelly replied, “No it wasn’t.”

After the debate, discussing what had happened during that exchange, Trump went even farther, making a crude reference to Kelly’s menstrual cycle. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” he said. His campaign tried to clean it up by claiming he was referring to her nose.

Fullscreen buttonFormer president Donald Trump speaks during an election watch party in Nashua, N.H., on Tuesday.

Former president Donald Trump speaks during an election watch party in Nashua, N.H., on Tuesday.© Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

No woman recently has drawn his ire more than Liz Cheney, the former Wyoming congresswoman who broke with Trump over his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol and has been on a mission ever since to keep him out of the Oval Office.

Cheney, the vice chair of the House select committee that investigated the attack, has been relentless in arguing that Trump is unfit for the presidency and a danger to the future of U.S. democracy. She lost her seat in Congress because of this, defeated by a Trump-backed Republican challenger, but that’s only prompted her to keep tearing into Trump as someone who should never again be near power.

Trump has come out of the first two nominating contests in a strong position and is perturbed that Haley won’t bow out, as all of his male challengers have. But as a quasi-incumbent, that was the expected outcome. Though he won a majority of the vote in both states, more than 40 percent of voters said they preferred someone else. Haley sees this as good reason to fight on.

Not many people thought Haley would be the last Republican standing against Trump. Among those who thought she might be: Haley herself. Her history of beating the odds — and “the fellas,” as she calls her male opponents past and present — has given her a kind of confidence that no one else in the race exhibited.

When she ran for governor in 2010, she was little known in a field that included prominent White male politicians. With help from an endorsement by Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, she beat them all in the primary. Today, the South Carolina political establishment is standing with Trump. Does Haley care? She has campaigned wearing a T-shirt that says: “Underestimate me. That’ll be fun.”

Fullscreen buttonNikki Haley supporters cheer her while she speaks during the election night party in Concord.

Nikki Haley supporters cheer her while she speaks during the election night party in Concord.© Melina Mara/The Washington Post

Two days before the New Hampshire primary, advisers to Florida governor Ron DeSantis were describing his path ahead. He was running a marathon, looking to gather delegates even while losing. Haley, they said, was running a sprint. Hours later, however, DeSantis quit the race, having effectively run out of breath.

Haley is now the long-distance runner, though for how long no one knows. The pressure to get out comes from various quarters. Even the Republican National Committee, supposedly neutral in the nominating contests, was looking to urge her to quit, though that presumptuous idea seemed to fade quickly.

Trump, however, has warned that anyone who contributes to her campaign “will be permanently banned from the MAGA [Make America Great Again] camp.” That’s probably an idle threat. But it is indicative of the hardball tactics his campaign will employ in South Carolina, whose Republican primary electorate is more conservative than New Hampshire’s and, in 2016 at least, more evangelical than Iowa’s, according to network exit polls.

Trump is certainly strong within the base of the Republican Party but still a powerfully divisive force with the broader electorate. His admiration for authoritarian leaders is a warning about his aspirations if he wins in November. He is under indictment on 91 felony counts. No Republican can know with any certainty what further damage his legal problems will do to him by September or October, or how a broader electorate will evaluate him. Republicans are taking a risk with him as their nominee (just as Democrats are taking a risk with Biden).

The presidential election will be decided in part by suburban voters in half a dozen states. Haley can speak to and for suburban Republicans and independents, especially women, whom Trump would need in a general election.

But what will she do with this opportunity? That’s the big question. Does she go all in by attacking Trump? She has hesitated to do so, delivering glancing blows but not robust or sustained criticism. Does she continue to focus on Trump’s obvious weaknesses: his bluster and his grievance-laden message as inadequate to win a general election? Does she take her comments in North Charleston and turn them into a broader brief?

Various considerations will come into play. Money obviously is one. She lost one prominent donor after New Hampshire but also raised a quick million dollars. At what point might the spigot turn off? Her future is another. She’s said she has no interest in being Trump’s vice president, though anyone in her position would say that. She also has said she has no interest in a third-party campaign.

She is, she says, a loyal Republican. But what does she see as her future within the Republican Party, particularly if Trump loses and the party then rebuilds, either in his image or as a post-Trump party that will bear little resemblance to the pre-Trump GOP? However she plays it in the coming weeks will have consequences.

These are not easy questions to answer. Will Haley carry on in the vein of her recent criticism or revert to the more cautious and careful candidate of previous months? Trump gave Haley an opening. How far she takes it is up to her.

Nikki Haley makes surprise appearance in ‘SNL’ cold open

BY MIRANDA NAZZARO - 02/04/24 8:34 AM ET

Republican presidential candidate popped into Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday for a surprise appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” where she called out former President Trump’s resistance to debate and ongoing legal battles.

Haley, playing a “concerned South Carolina voter,” stood up in the mock audience during a fake CNN Town Hall with Trump — played by James Austin Johnson — and asked, “My question is why won’t you debate Nikki Haley?”

er appearance prompted cheers from the audience and a not-so-happy reaction from Johnson.

“Oh, my god, it’s her! The woman who was in charge of security on Jan. 6. It’s Nancy Pelosi!” Johnson responded.

Charles Barkley, played by Kenan Thompson, pointed out Haley is not former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in reference to Trump’s apparent mix-up of the two political figures last month.

Haley, shortly following the mix-up, renewed her challenge last month to debate Trump, who has declined to attend any of the GOP primary debates, citing his comfortable lead in the polls.

“Are you doing OK, Donald? You might need a mental competency test,” Haley said.

“Trump,” claimed he “aced” that test, telling Haley, “They told me I’m 100% mental and I’m competent because I’m a man, that’s why a woman should never run our economy.”

Haley, a former United Nations ambassador, has long argued for mental competency tests for those over 75. Trump, 77, responded to this argument last month and claimed he would beat her in a cognitive test.

“In fact, a woman I know recently asked me for $83 million,” Johnson said, in reference to Trump’s recent defeat in longtime advice columnist E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case.

The former president was ordered to pay a whopping $83.3 million last month for defaming the writer when he denied her allegation that he sexually assaulted her in the mid-1990s.

Taking aim at Trump’s mounting legal fees, Haley asked, “And you spent $50 million in your own legal fees. Do you need to borrow some money?”

Federal election filings posted last week showed Trump’s various political committees spent about $29 million on lawyers fees and legal consulting in the final six months of last year, bringing the total to roughly $50 million for the full year.

Johnson responded by listing off nicknames for Haley, a nod to the various nicknames Trump has called her and his other political opponents.

These included “Nikki-Tikki-Tavi” and “Nikki Don’t Lose that Number” along with a nod to the star of “The Sixth Sense” — Haley Joel Osment.

Nikki Haley Joel Osman, we call her,” Johnson said. ”‘Sixth Sense,’ remember that one… ‘I see dead people.’ ”

“Yeah, that’s what voters will say if they see you and Joe [Biden] on the ballot,” Haley quipped back.

Trump lost in his home state of New York in the 2016 and 2020 elections.

Haley was put under the spotlight when an audience member, played by actor Ayo Edeberi, asked the White House hopeful, “I was just curious, what would you say was the main cause of the Civil War, um, and do you think it starts with an ‘s’ and ends with a ‘lavery?’”

“Yep, I probably should have said that at the time,” Haley responded, in reference to the controversy she faced in December after she failed to mention slavery as the cause of the Civil War.

Breaking News:

Trump is not immune in 2020 election interference case, appeals court rules

Trump is likely to ask the Supreme Court to intervene to try to prevent the trial from going ahead as scheduled in March in Washington, D.C.

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected Donald Trump’s broad claim that he is immune from prosecution for alleged criminal acts he committed as president in trying to overturn the 2020 election in a chain of events that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Trump will almost certainly immediately appeal to the Supreme Court in a bid to prevent the trial from going ahead as scheduled. The Supreme Court could make a quick decision on whether to hear the case and could fast-track any ruling.

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that there was no basis for Trump to assert that former presidents have blanket immunity from prosecution for any acts committed as president.

“For the purpose of this criminal case, former President Trump has become citizen Trump, with all of the defenses of any other criminal defendant. But any executive immunity that may have protected him while he served as President no longer protects him against this prosecution,” the ruling said.

The case is one of four criminal prosecutions Trump faces even as he remains the presumptive front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.

A key issue is whether the trial can take place ahead of the election. Special counsel Jack Smith had asked the court to move quickly in a bid to keep the trial on schedule.

If Trump were to win the election he would be in a position to either have the charges dismissed or potentially pardon himself.

Now this is real campaign in action… :grinning:

Biden Campaign Slams Trump for Ranking Last in ‘Presidential Greatness’

Story by Rachel Dobkin

President Joe Biden’s campaign slammed former President Donald Trump on Monday for ranking last in a ‘Presidential Greatness’ survey.

The 2024 Presidential Greatness Project expert survey, which ranks presidents from George Washington to Joe Biden, was recently released. The survey was conducted between November 15 and December 31, 2023, by a panel of experts who specialize in the American presidency.

Respondents were asked to rate each U.S. president on a scale of zero to 100 for their “overall greatness,” with zero being failure, 50 being average and 100 being great. The ratings were averaged for each president and then ranked from highest average to lowest.

Abraham Lincoln was ranked first with a 95.03 average, while Trump placed last with a 10.92 average. Meanwhile, Biden ranked No. 14 with a rating of 62.7, placing him in the top third of the list.

In a statement released Monday by Biden’s reelection campaign that had the header “Happy Presidents’ Day! … Unless You’re Donald Trump,” campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz, said, “It takes a lot to be known as the absolute worst in your profession in the history of your country. But Donald Trump managed to do it, and it’s pretty clear why.”

Munoz painted Trump, the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, as a selfish candidate, while portraying Biden as the altruistic Democratic incumbent.

“Donald Trump spent his four years in office working for one thing only: himself. Meanwhile, President Biden wakes up every day fighting for the American people, helping to create more jobs in three years than any president has created in four, and investing in America at record levels,” Munoz said.

The campaign spokesperson said: “The choice in this election is clear: a president who has consistently delivered for the American people or Donald Trump who experts agree might be the worst to ever do it.”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s and Biden’s campaigns via email for comment.

Meanwhile, Trump has spent his Presidents Day ripping into the U.S. justice system in light of his ongoing legal challenges including four criminal indictments to which he has pleaded not guilty.

He was recently ordered by two separate New York judges to fork up $438.3 million: $83.3 million for a defamation lawsuit filed by writer E. Jean Carroll and $355 million for a business fraud lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James. Trump has maintained his innocence in all criminal and civil cases.

Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social on Monday, “All political prosecutions of your favorite president, me, must stop immediately. We are in the middle of an election, perhaps the most important election in the history of our country, and these radical left lunatic prosecutors and judges are not allowed to be doing this.”

He said: “This is election interference, and must be immediately stopped. I should not have to go through any fake prosecutions before the election. This is communism and a threat to democracy. Our country will not stand for it. Make America great again!!!”

see the list here:

Total Scores/Overall Rankings

President 2021 Final Score Overall Rankings
Abraham Lincoln 897 1
George Washington 851 2
Franklin D. Roosevelt 841 3
Theodore Roosevelt 785 4

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The 2024 presidential election is still more than eight months away, and the candidates are not officially set. But Bob Costas has already made up his mind, and he thinks the choice should be clear to everyone. He says presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is a “bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits” and his supporters are “in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and in a toxic cult.”

“He is by far the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history,” Costas said. “He’s only become more disgraceful since 2016 and since 2020. He is a bubbling cauldron of loathsome traits, and it’s only those who are actually suffering from ‘Trump Derangement Syndrome,’ which is the way they and Fox News and all the rest of MAGA media try to brush aside all the legitimate criticisms of Trump.

“You have to be in the throes of some sort of toxic delusion and in a toxic cult, to believe that Donald Trump has ever been, in any sense, emotionally, psychologically, intellectually or ethically, fit to be president of the United States.”

Costas called Trump “the most disgraceful figure in modern presidential history.” A recent poll of 154 presidential scholars rating the U.S. presidents ranked Trump last, by a wide margin.

Trump’s borderline racist comments to a crowd at the Black Conservative Federation’s Annual BCF Honors Gala in South Carolina may have been given a pass by the conservatives in attendance, but they won’t play nationally according to an MSNBC analyst.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Weekend,” analyst Garrett Haake agreed with the hosts that Trump received tepid applause to some of his more outlandish remarks and said the former president may have turned off Black voters even more as he tries to peel them away from President Joe Biden.

After watching a clip of Trump telling the crowd, “These lights are so bright in my eyes I can’t see too many people out there… I can only see the Black ones. I can’t see any white ones. That’s how far I’ve come. That’s a long way isn’t it?” Haake stated remarks like that are problematic.

"Garrett, the comments the president made to that room, what was the reaction inside the room? Because from what I could hear from the clip, it wasn’t this overwhelming,’ co-host Michael Steele prompted. “It was like ‘Oh, okay. is that what we’re doing now?’ The idea that he could stand in front of a Black audience and make comments like I can’t see anybody, you know, because the white lights are too bright, but I could see the black people — I don’t know how that translates to that room. What was the feedback? What did you hear from that?”

“Michael, here’s the thing: in that room, I mean, this is sort of a self-selected audience … this is a room full of Trump supporters, right?” the MSNBC correspondent pointed out. “So I think this is a different audience than the broader audience that he’s trying to reach where’s there’s a little bit of an ‘Oh, shrug it off, that’s how Trump talks in the room’.”

“When these clips are played around the country to that broader African-American audience whom he is desperately trying to make some inroads with, I think that’s when you have the real problem here,” he added.

President Joseph Biden and the Democrats are re-Energised …
Meanwhile …

Trump was in his masion tweeting … :rofl: :joy:

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Trump Was Played Dirty as Truth Social Crashes at Critical SOTU Moment

MAGA Republicans angrily refreshed their phones Thursday to no avail as Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, appeared to malfunction during US President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech

Donald Trump’s Truth social media platform appears to be down amid outages during Joe Biden State of the Union address.

According to a chart crafted by Down Detector, MAGA supporters began to experience outages around 9 pm tonight. Truth Social appeared to be running smoothly throughout the day. Users began complaining on the website, each sharing a different problem they encountered with the app tonight.

“Truth won’t allow me to follow. This is an ongoing issue that happens almost every 2 weeks and the service desk never responds to my ticket. I tried clearing my browsing history and cache but that doesn’t work.” Some users also complained about seeing only “old posts and ads” while some said the app wouldn’t load for them at all.

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That’s everything Trump in a nutshell …
Crash and Burn … :rofl: :joy:

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One of the most striking moments of the night took place when Biden addressed the topic of immigration – which polls show is a major weakness for the president going into the election against Trump.

As he spoke, the president was heckled by far-right Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene. She demanded he say the name of Laken Riley, who is suspected to have been killed by an undocumented migrant.

Biden, who usually wants nothing to do with Greene, took her up on the offer. Here’s what happened:

The age old question

When asked about his age and how it affects his ability to be president, Biden’s stock answer is: watch me.

On Thursday night, he delivered what a lot of his own supporters had found wanting. It was a high-energy, forceful speech, and at times he taunted Republicans with ad-libs. When they heckled his support for bipartisan border security legislation, Biden said, “Look at the facts, I know you know how to read”. :grinning: