Nikki Haley touts $1.2 million in donations after Trump vows to blacklist her donors

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Nikki Haley hosts a rally in North Charleston to kick off her campaign in the Palmetto State ahead of the state’s primary election, in Charleston, South Carolina, US on January 24, 2024.

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Nikki Haley’s Republican presidential campaign said it received a $1.2 million increase in donations in one day, after former President Donald Trump vowed to blacklist donors to Haley.

“Trump’s scheme blew up in his face,” Anne Marie Graham Barnes, Haley’s spokeswoman, said in a press release Thursday evening announcing the increased fundraising.

The former UN ambassador’s campaign said she has received a total of $2.6 million since polls closed in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, which Trump won by more than 11 points.

Despite losing to Trump in what was perhaps her most competitive state, Haley pledged to stay in the race as she heads to her home state of South Carolina, where she served as governor. But polls in the Palmetto State show Haley trailing Trump by a much larger margin.

Trump, who has cemented his standing as a presidential candidate after winning the first two presidential nomination rounds, has expressed concern that continuing to spend campaign money to fend off Haley could be used to challenge President Joe Biden in the general election.

On Wednesday night, Trump escalated the pressure on Haley by targeting her donors.

“When I ran for office and won, I noticed that donors to the losing candidate would immediately come to me and want to help,” he wrote on Truth Social. mail.

“This is a common thing in politics, but it is no longer with me,” Trump wrote. “Anyone who makes a ‘contribution’ to Birdbrain, from this moment forward, will be permanently banned from entering the MAGA camp.”

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“We don’t want them, and we won’t accept them, because we put America first, and we always will!” Trump wrote.

Haley linked to this post directly by posting a link to her donation page. Her campaign also began selling T-shirts bearing the words “Banned. Permanently.” In the foreground.

“Donald Trump’s threats highlight the stark choice in this election: personal vendetta or true conservative leadership,” Graham Barnes said in a statement Thursday.

“Trump’s scheme blew up in his face. Contributions to Haley’s campaign are pouring in, proof that people are tired of this drama and are rallying behind Nicky’s vision of a strong, proud America.”

The $2.6 million windfall was revealed after The New York Times reported mentioned The top political action committee supporting Haley said she raised $50.1 million in the second half of 2023, surpassing the amount raised by Trump’s top political action committee in the same period.

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