Haley Dodges Question On Supporting Trump Despite RNC Pledge

Republican presidential contender Nikki Haley refused on Sunday to affirm her support for former President Donald Trump if he maintains his massive primary lead and secures her party’s nomination. This despite her pledge to the Republican National Committee (RNC) to do exactly that.

This pledge was required to participate in the Republican presidential debates.

But on ABC’s “This Week,” the former South Carolina governor was asked point blank by host Jonathan Karl if she would honor her pledge to the RNC. After all, Haley has referred to Trump as “diminished, unhinged, unfit for office.”

She threw up a smokescreen with her response. “I mean, keep in mind, I am running against him for a reason.”

Haley went on. “I’m running against him because I don’t think he would be the right — I don’t think he’s the right person at the right time. I don’t think he should be president. The last thing on my mind is who I am going to support.”

When the host pressed Haley on her previous commitment, she continued to evade the question.

Haley claimed, “We are going to have a female president of the United States. It will either be me or it will be Kamala Harris. And if Donald Trump is the nominee of the — in — for the Republican Party, he will not win.”

This, she added, is why “we will have a President Kamala Harris.”

This latest statement contradicted repeated pledges to back the eventual GOP nominee, including the commitment she made to participate in the Republican primary debates. Haley also told supporters in 2023 that she would put her support behind Trump if he became the party’s choice.

But that was before she became the sole remaining challenger to the former president. In recent weeks Haley went on the attack, predicting woe for the GOP if it continued to support Trump.

Even as many called on her to exit the race and unite the party behind the presumptive nominee, Haley persisted.

But all she has accomplished is laying the groundwork for a possible chasm in the ranks. Trump holds an insurmountable lead, even in Haley’s home state of South Carolina.

Hanging on and postponing the inevitable is only creating sore feelings and making Republican unity more difficult to achieve.