Nikki Haley says she isn't bound by loyalty pledge

 March 4, 2024

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is now claiming that she is not bound by the loyalty pledge that she took when she entered the Republican Party's debates. 

Haley made the claim on Sunday during an appearance on NBC News' Meet The Press. 


In case you missed it, the Republican National Committee (RNC) made all of the presidential candidates who participated in their debates take a vow to support the candidate who ends up winning the Republican Party's presidential nomination.

At this point, it is looking extremely likely that the Republican nominee will be former President Donald Trump. Not only does he continue to dominate the polls, but he is also dominating the Republican primaries.

Haley is Trump's only remaining Republican rival in these primaries - if "rival" is the right word. It has not been much of a rivalry because, as stated, Trump is dominating.

Haley participated in the Republican Party debates, and, in doing so, she made the pledge to support the Republican Party's presidential nominee. Now, however, she is going back on her word.

"It's not the same"

During her NBC appearance, Haley was asked whether she feels compelled to honor the pledge that she took.

"No. I think I'll make what decision I want to make," Haley said.

She went on to claim that she now feels okay with breaking the pledge because "the RNC is now not the same RNC" as it was at the time she entered into the agreement.

There is only one thing that Haley could be referring to here, namely, Ronna McDaniel's resignation from the RNC's leadership position and Trump's attempt to put an ally in McDaniel's former seat.

Trump weighs in

On Sunday, Trump responded to the news that Haley will no longer honor her agreement with the RNC. The former president did so in a social media message that he posted on Truth Social. In the message, Trump used his favorite nickname for Haley - "Birdbrain."

"Birdbrain is a loser, record low performance in virtually every State. DeSanctus easily beat her in Iowa for a VERY DISTANT second place, and then she ran up to the podium, before he had a chance to do so, and claimed victory," the former president wrote.

By "DeSanctus," Trump was referring to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Trump concluded, "I enjoy watching the Bird disavow her PLEDGE to the RNC and her statement that she would NEVER run against President Trump (“A great President”). Well, she ran, she lied, and she LOST BIG!"

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