Haley Hires Mobile Billboard Near Trump SC Rally, Doubles Down on Age Remarks on Trump, Biden Hur Report

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It’s the weekend, so I guess we can expect things to be a little off-kilter even in the world of presidential politics. But a move Saturday by former UN ambassador and South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley caught me by surprise. Now, it isn’t so much what she herself is doing on Saturday (Politico reports that she’s stumping across South Carolina on a bus tour of rural communities), but what her campaign has set up in the area surrounding former President Donald Trump’s rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The next contest in the 2024 GOP presidential primaries happens in the Palmetto state, keep in mind, on Feb. 24. I’ll get to Haley’s doings today in a minute.

But let’s back up a little bit to Friday, when Haley commented on the revelations found in Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report on President Joe Biden’s mental faculties, and threw in some shade against Trump, too:


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Haley released a statement on the X platform, in which she said, in part:

She closed her statement by throwing an attack on Trump into the mix:

And as I mentioned, she also took more swings at Trump’s temperament, verbal gaffes, and “mental deficiencies”:

Back to today. Politico first confirmed a troll move by Team Haley, which hired a mobile billboard/video screen, blasting a supercut of both Biden and Trump “trailing off and otherwise appearing confused” while speaking, to circle the Myrtle Beach area, including the city where Trump is holding a rally Saturday:

It appears that Haley is making a last-ditch effort in her home state, though she’s still trailing Trump badly. In the county where Trump is speaking, he’s exceedingly popular, based on how he did there in 2016’s primary contest:

That’s an understatement. The most recent polling average by Real Clear Politics (1/2-2/4) for South Carolina shows the former president with a commanding 30.7-point lead with 60 points–more than twice Haley’s paltry 29.3 points. And this comes after her embarrassing loss to essentially “none of the above” in Nevada on Tuesday.

Sure, it makes sense for Haley to continue looking for that breakthrough moment that any candidate hopes to swing polls his or her way, and maybe that could happen. But it will strain credulity that she’s got a shot at the Republican Party nomination, once she loses her home state. Stay tuned.

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