Trump attacks Haley over husband absent on campaign trail
Former President Donald Trump attacked the deployed husband of former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley during a rally on Saturday in Conway, South Carolina. However, Haley fired back at her GOP opponent and accused him of insulting military families or being confused.
While at his rally outside of Myrtle Beach, Trump told an alleged story of Haley visiting him at Mar-a-Largo.
Trump claimed of Haley, “Then she comes over to see me at Mar-a-Lago. ‘Sir, I will never run against you.’ She brought her husband. Where’s your husband? Oh, he’s away. He’s away. What happened to her husband? What happened to her husband? Where is he? He’s gone! He knew. He knew.”
Haley’s husband, Maj. Michael Haley, is deployed in Africa with the South Carolina Army National Guard in support of the United States Africa Command.
“Haley is being deployed as a staff officer with the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, which the National Guard says is providing support in the Horn of Africa,” according to the Associated Press.
Haley has been deployed since June, and it is his second deployment with the South Carolina Army National Guard in Africa.
Nikki Haley responded to Trump’s assertions during her own rally in Gilbert, South Carolina.
“I need to start with the fact that Donald Trump had a rally today, and in that rally, he mocked my husband’s military service,” Haley retorted.
Haley then slammed Trump for dodging all of the Republican primary debates.
“And I’ll say this: Donald, if you have something to say, don’t say it behind my back, get on a debate stage and say it to my face.”
She added, “I am proud of Michael’s service. Every military spouse knows it’s a family sacrifice.”
“I have long talked about the fact that we need to have mental competency tests for anyone over the age of 75. Donald Trump claims that he would pass that — maybe he would, maybe he wouldn’t. But if you mock the service of a combat veteran, you don’t deserve a driver’s license, let alone being president of the United States.”
Trump turns 78 in June, and former President Joe Biden is 81 years old.
Haley wrote on the X social media platform on Sunday, “Either Donald Trump is openly insulting military families, or he got confused again and doesn’t know my husband is deployed. Either way, he isn’t up to the task of leading the greatest fighting force in the world.”
Michael Haley also responded to Trump’s criticism of him not being on his wife’s campaign trail because he is deployed overseas.
He posted a photo of a wolf with the caption: “The difference between humans and animals? Animals would never allow the dumbest ones to lead the pack.”
Former first lady Melania Trump appeared with her husband on Sunday during an event at Mar-a-Lago with pharmaceutical entrepreneur-turned-politician Vivek Ramaswamy.
However, Melania has not appeared with her husband on the campaign trail or at his notorious court appearance since Election Day November 2022 – when he launched his third bid for the White House.
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