Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's entrance into the race for the 2024 Republican nomination is the political death knell of Donald Trump, according to an American political analyst and activist.
Myles Hoenig, a former Green Party candidate for Congress, said in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday that Haley has enormous advantages as a candidate after she said that she will seek the GOP presidential nomination in 2024.
Haley, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under Trump, announced her bid in a video on Tuesday, calling for new leadership in the party, following unsatisfactory results for the Republicans in the recent midterm elections.
"I'm Nikki Haley and I'm running for president," Haley said in the video that her team sent out by email.
“Nikki Haley’s announcement to run for President in 2024 is a game changer. Her politics are nothing new to Republicans and in ‘normal’ times her presence would be seen as an ‘also ran,’” Hoenig said.
“What’s different now is that this is the first formal break from the hold Trump has on the party. Very few dared to challenge him in 2024 yet so many so dearly want to. They all know that Trump’s time, his 15 minutes of fame, is over, but all too cowardly to take the leap,” he stated.
“Haley would bring a lot of experience to the race. Obviously, as a former UN ambassador her bona fides in foreign policy would surpass many other contestants. That is not to say that she would be good for world peace, as representing the US at the UN is automatically supporting an American First/Exceptionalism mentality and policy. More importantly, she is a former governor. A governor has executive experience, something shared with the presidency. Past governors who have won the seat were Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George Bush. Each was a disaster for the working poor and middle class, and for peace, and a President Haley would likely be no different,” he added.
“This is likely the political death knell for Donald Trump. Regardless of whether he is indicted in many jurisdictions, there would always be a core of voters who side with him. But now with more challenges, there are more reasons to look elsewhere. The fear of alienating Trump and his supporters is now muted,” he noted.
“It’s far too early to know how well Haley would do in the primaries as we don’t know who else will be running against her and whether they would be running against Trumpism or trying to embrace it yet keeping a cowardly distance. Regardless, Trumpism is not just the nastiness, racism, and everything else derogatorily identified with him. The Republican party, with or without Trump, is racist, pro-corporate, much like the Democrats, for the maintenance and expansion of the American empire, and steeped in a mindset that power rests with those who have and sharing it would be political suicide. Obviously, this fits for both parties,” the analyst said.
“Lastly, Haley is from a southern state, and one of the first on the Primary schedule, giving her an advantage. Many more Republicans are now likely to jump in to take the attention off of her,” he concluded.
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