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In a spirited triumph address, Donald Trump directed his criticism towards rival Nikki Haley, who, despite her defeat to Trump in New Hampshire, declared her intention to persist with her South Carolina campaign. While Haley extended congratulations to the former President for his victory, she firmly stated that dropping out of the race was not part of her current plans. Nevertheless, Trump appears to be consolidating his position as the probable Republican presidential nominee. Speaking to his supporters in Nashua, Trump celebrated his win with an assertive speech featuring pointed critiques of Haley, according to The Guardian’s report.
Donald Trump, who still refuses to concede the 2020 election, complains about Nikki Haley's speech after her loss tonight in New Hampshire:
"She's doing a speech like she won. She didn't win. She lost…Let's not have someone take a victory when she had a very bad night." pic.twitter.com/O6eHuKmWAL
Having defeated Haley, who briefly posed a challenge to the former President, many voters and experts believe Trump is on a clear and unobstructed path to securing the GOP nomination. His triumph in New Hampshire follows a comfortable win in the Iowa caucuses just last week, further solidifying his standing in the race.
Addressing his supporters in Nashua, Trump underscored his momentum in the political landscape, stating, “She had a very bad night. She came in third [in Iowa], and she’s still hanging around.” On the other hand, Haley, in her speech, asserted, “New Hampshire is first in the nation. It is not the last in the nation. This race is far from over. There are dozens of states left to go, and the next one is my sweet state of South Carolina.”
Donald Trump’s only strategy is to lie about me and my record. That’s not going to work in South Carolina.
The people of South Carolina know that I cut their taxes, passed one of the toughest immigration bills in the country, and moved thousands from welfare to work. #LetsGopic.twitter.com/OqhguleBd0
In New Hampshire, Haley emerged as Trump’s primary rival after Ron DeSantis exited the race on Sunday. While mocking Haley’s attempts to downplay the significance of her defeat, Trump’s team labeled her ‘delusional.’ Despite the criticism, Haley remained steadfast in her campaign message, asserting that Trump was unfit to lead the Republican party toward a more promising future.
Referencing the legal challenges faced by the former President, Haley alluded to Trump’s 91 felony charges spread across four criminal cases and a recent defamation lawsuit. Despite these legal hurdles, the outcome in New Hampshire strongly suggests that Trump could secure his party’s presidential nomination for the third consecutive election and potentially face Joe Biden in November. Following Trump’s victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, an increasing number of Republican lawmakers are throwing their support behind him.
While Trump and his campaign urge Haley to exit the race, claiming she lacks a viable path to the nomination after Trump’s successes, former presidential candidate Tim Scott, speaking at Trump’s victory celebration, called for Republican unity. In a playful exchange, Trump quipped that Scott’s endorsement must mean he dislikes Haley, given that he was appointed to the Senate by her. Scott replied, “I just love you.” Trump concluded, “We are going to win this. We have no choice. If we don’t win, I think our country is finished.”