GOP Rep. Greene slams Haley as 'Bush in heels' after presidential campaign launch

The Georgia Republican pointed to a number of Haley's positions and past statements that put her in conflict with Trump and his supporters.

Updated: February 15, 2023 - 6:16pm

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Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Wednesday excoriated former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley after she announced her bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Haley, who served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under former President Donald Trump, announced her candidacy at a South Carolina event earlier in the day.

Her campaign drew a negative reaction from one of Trump's earliest endorsers for the 2024 contest.

"Nikki Haley is just another George (or Jeb!) Bush," Greene tweeted. "If we wanted a 'Bush in heels,' Republicans would vote for Liz Cheney."

The Georgia Republican pointed to a number of Haley's positions and past statements that put her in conflict with Trump and his supporters.

"She is weak on the border, doesn't want a wall, claimed 'Legal Immigrants are more patriotic than most Americans these days,' and she defended Obama when Pres. Trump criticized his terrible open-borders policy," Greene stated. "And Nikki Haley refused to support a transgender bathroom bill to protect children."

Trump himself was more welcoming of Haley to the presidential contest but noted her prior public statements promising not to run against him.

"Nikki Haley had a hard time making the decision to run for President because she very publicly stated that she 'would never run against the President. He did a GREAT JOB, and was the best President in my lifetime,'" he wrote on Truth Social. "I told Nikki to follow her heart, not her ambition or belief. Who knows, stranger things have happened. She's polling at 1%, not a bad start!!!"

Polling has consistently shown Haley earning single digit support among Republicans, well below that of Trump or possible rival Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Trump and Haley remain the only candidates to have formally announced their bids for the GOP nomination.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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