South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is not a fan of Donald Trump
She said Trump represents "everything a governor doesn't want in a president"
Nikki Haley is not a fan of Donald Trump.
The Republican South Carolina governor said Tuesday that she’s not sure if she’ll endorse anyone for president ahead of the Republican South Carolina primary, but if she does, it won’t be Trump, according to CNN affiliate WIS Television in Columbia.
She said Trump represents “everything a governor doesn’t want in a president.”
“I want someone who is going to hold Republicans accountable, and I want someone who is going to make a difference, not just for our party but for every person they represent in the country,” she told reporters, just days ahead of the South Carolina GOP primary on Saturday.
In the latest CNN/ORC poll, Trump leads the Republican pack at 38% support from those likely to vote in the primary. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds second place with 22%, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio garners 14% support, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is at 10%, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has 6% and Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at 4%.
This is not the first time Haley has taken a swipe at Trump. In her State of the Union response earlier this year, she shared her family’s immigrant experience while warning against rhetoric that would threaten “the dream that is America” for others.
“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices,” Haley said from the governor’s residence in Columbia. “We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”