Trump Comments On Donors
On Tuesday night, the Republican donor class suffered a major defeat as former President Donald Trump dominated the New Hampshire primary, leaving donor-backed candidate Nikki Haley in his dust.
Despite pouring millions of dollars into campaigns against Trump in both Iowa and New Hampshire, the Republican establishment failed to even come close to the former president’s widespread support. The New York Times has acknowledged that “the time is coming to sit shiva” for the traditional Republican Party, as the donor class now seems like “a desperate group of bystanders.”
Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, had invested significant resources into the New Hampshire primary, hoping to rally a coalition of independent voters and anti-Trump Republicans. However, her efforts were no match for Trump’s loyal base, and she placed a distant second in the state. The Times reported that her campaign is now “on life support” and her chances of securing the party’s nomination seem unlikely.
Following Haley’s defeat, many prominent Republicans have publicly called for her to drop out of the race and throw her support behind Trump. This sentiment was echoed by Senator Marco Rubio, who wrote on Twitter, “Trump will be the GOP nominee. What we don’t know yet is how much donor money is going to be wasted over the next month.”
Trump — as was obvious last night in NH — is very angry with Haley for staying in the race. He just posted this message about Haley and her donors: “Anybody that makes a “Contribution” to Birdbrain, from this moment forth, will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp.“ pic.twitter.com/gYk6fXVFNS
— Meridith McGraw (@meridithmcgraw) January 25, 2024
Others, including House Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, have congratulated Trump on his victory and urged Haley to withdraw from the race. Stefanik called for party unity, stating that “The #TrumpTrain isn’t slowing down – President Trump will #SaveAmerica!” This sentiment has been echoed by numerous Republicans, including senators, governors, and RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who have all thrown their support behind Trump.
Haley’s campaign has appeared to be on its last leg, as Trump maintains a lead of at least 30 points in every state after the New Hampshire primary. The former governor’s defeat also raises questions about her potential to secure the nomination in her home state of South Carolina. It seems clear that the Republican establishment’s attempts to dethrone Trump and bring back the traditional party has failed, and he remains the clear frontrunner for the nomination.
Despite the overwhelming support for Trump, some are still holding out hope for Haley to make a comeback. However, many see this as a futile effort and a distraction from the main goal of defeating Joe Biden in the general election. Sean Davis, CEO of The Federalist, urged Haley to drop out of the race, stating that if she continues to attack Trump instead of focusing on the bigger picture, she will be “fully owned by the left-wing Democrats who are funding her campaign.”
Overall, the results of the New Hampshire primary have signaled a clear shift in the Republican Party, with Trump’s dominance highlighting the waning influence of the donor class and the establishment. It seems that the party is now firmly in Trump’s hands, and the traditional Republican ideals of the past are being replaced with a new brand of politics.
As the campaign for the party’s nomination continues, all eyes will be on Trump to see if he can maintain his hold over the Republican Party and secure another term in the White House.