Former President Donald Trump stepped up his campaign attacks on rival GOP nomination seeker, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), in rallies across New Hampshire this week.
“Nikki Haley is using radical Democrat money to run the radical Democratic campaign operation she’s running,” Trump said at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire Saturday night, referencing the appeal Haley holds to the establishment and anti-Trump groups within and outside the Republican Party. “What the h— kind of Republican candidate is that?”
Rightful President Trump reveals his Manchester, New Hampshire rally was the best attended event the SNHU arena has ever hosted.
"It was so packed, there wasn't a seat… the biggest they've ever had." pic.twitter.com/G0uJweWc6T
— Bo Loudon (@BoLoudon) January 21, 2024
“To the people of New Hampshire: all you need to know about Nikki Haley is that every globalist, liberal, Biden- supporter, and Never Trumper is on her side — and virtually every single leader in her home state of South Carolina is on our side,” Trump taunted.
Earlier that day, at a rally in Keene, New Hampshire, Haley hinted that Trump’s age of 77 may be a drawback for his candidacy, “The concern I have is — I’m not saying anything derogatory, but when you’re dealing with the pressures of a presidency, we can’t have someone else that we question whether they’re mentally fit to do it.”
Trump responded to Haley’s concerns about his age at the Manchester rally, claiming that he recently took a “cognitive test” and “aced” it, promising voters he would “let you know when I go bad.”
Jam packed in Rochester, New Hampshire.
Crowd enthusiastically awaiting President Trump to speak later.
There is STILL a big crowd outside waiting to get in as well. pic.twitter.com/74ePrpjJe1
— Daniel Baldwin (@baldwin_daniel_) January 21, 2024
Trump’s lead over Haley has widened to double digits, in recent days, with the former president polling in New Hampshire at 50% and the former South Carolina governor polling at 39%.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Sunday that he is ending his presidential campaign and endorsing Trump after polling at 6% in New Hampshire, below the 10% threshold he would need to win convention delegates.
“You notice I didn’t mention the name of Ron DeSanctimonious yet,” said Trump 15 minutes into his Manchester speech. “I think he’s gone.”
With the high stakes of the presidential nominating contest, the New Hampshire primary is a landmark contest on the election calendar. President Trump urged supporters to make the win big, “We have to win by a lot. Now’s the time for the Republican Party to unify.”