GOP presidential hopeful Nikki Haley castigated the Republican National Committee on Sunday, accusing it of being biased in the party’s 2024 primary contest.
Haley, asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if she thought the RNC has been an honest broker when it comes to helping pick the party’s next presidential candidate, replied, “I mean, clearly not.
“If you’re gonna go in and basically tell the American people that you’re gonna go and decide who the nominee is after only two states have voted? I mean, 48 states out there?” Haley said.
After former President Donald Trump’s dominance became crystal-clear in New Hampshire on election night, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told Fox News, “I’m looking at the math and the path going forward, and I don’t see it for Nikki Haley.
“We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump,” McDaniel said.
Haley shot back to NBC, “This is a democracy. The American people want to have their say in who is going to be their nominee, we need to give them that.”
Last week, a leak revealed that David Bossie, an RNC committeeman from Maryland, pitched a draft resolution to declare Trump the presumptive nominee.
That resolution would merely have been a declaration and carried no formal weight, as Trump would still need to clinch 1,215 delegates to secure the party nod.
Bossie later withdrew the draft resolution — which would likely have been considered during the 168-member panel’s annual winter meeting this week — after Trump came out against it in a Truth Social post Thursday.
“I think that Americans want to be able to make this decision themselves,” Haley told NBC, claiming Trump helped push for the draft resolution by his ally, Bossie. “I don’t think this is the place of the RNC to do it.”
The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Throughout the 2024 primary cycle, it organized multiple debates between the candidates that Trump skipped.
RNC officials such as Bossie have publicly boasted about overseeing a “fair” process, adamant that they have not meddled in the primary.
Trump won Iowa by 30-odd points and New Hampshire by more than 11 points. As a result, Trump has 32 delegates, and Haley has 17.
Haley is banking on her home state of South Carolina next but is trailing the 45th president by double digits in a melange of polling.
“What I do think I need to do is I need to show that I’m building momentum. I need to show that I’m stronger in South Carolina than New Hampshire,” Haley said.
She further revealed that she has “every intention” of remaining in the race until Super Tuesday on March 5, when more than a dozen contests take place simultaneously.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Haley said.
During her TV interview, the former South Carolina governor and ex-US ambassador to the UN also took aim at Trump for his opposition to a proposed border deal negotiated in the Senate, bashing rumors that his criticism stems from wanting to solve the crisis himself.
“The last thing he needs to do is tell them to wait to pass a border deal until the election. We can’t wait one more day,” Haley said.
The proposed deal, which has drawn opposition in the GOP-led House, has been backed by President Biden and would entail sweeping border reforms to get Republican support for a supplemental aid package to Ukraine, Israel and more.
Biden has vowed that if passed, he would use its authority to shut down the “border when it becomes overwhelmed.”