Conservatives are learning they can’t trust Nikki Haley.
The base was never enamored with the RINO former South Carolina Governor, but now conservatives are in open revolt.
And that’s because Nikki Haley made one promise to Jack Smith that had Democrats breathing a sigh of relief.
Nikki Haley trailed Donlad Trump by double digits in polls going into New Hampshire.
Haley’s camp tried to lower expectations and claim second place is good enough for her to move on to her home state of South Carolina for their February 24 primary.
But everyone knows this contest is do or die and that a Trump win effectively ends the race.
Haley’s only chance to win New Hampshire rests with turning out massive numbers of liberals and Democrats who registered as undeclared voters.
But Haley also can’t afford to alienate the entire MAGA base.
Haley tried to walk this tightrope during a CNN town hall event when host Jake Tapper asked Haley if she won in November, would she preemptively pardon Donald Trump if Jack Smith’s witch hunts against Trump over the 2020 election and Mar-a-Lago document case were still going on.
Haley said she would allow her Justice Department to continue the weaponization of the government against conservatives by letting the trials go forward until they reached their conclusion.
“No. I think everything needs to play out. I think it’s important that that happens and I honestly think President Trump would want that to happen. If he wants to defend himself and prove that he has been treated, you know, the wrong way or whether it’s political, I think he would want to fight for that. You know, you only want to talk about a pardon after someone has been convicted, so I would assume that we’d let that play out and I would think he would want that to play out,” Haley responded.
“If he were convicted, would you then pardon him?” Tapper followed up.
Haley said she would and also took a shot at Donald Trump’s age.
“I said I would pardon him with the simple reason of, you know, when you talk about a pardon, someone’s already been found guilty, but for me, the last thing we need is an 80-year-old president sitting in jail because that’s just going to further divide our country,” Haley stated.
“This is no longer about whether he’s innocent or guilty, this is about the fact how do we bring the country back together, and I am determined to make sure all of this division, all of this chaos goes away, and I think a pardon for him would make all of that go away and I think it would be healing for the country,” Haley added.
Never once did Haley attack the cases against Trump as illegitimate political persecutions.
Nor did Haley vow to stop the weaponization of the justice system and hold rogue prosecutors and officials like Attorney General Merrick Garland accountable.
The dirty secret of the Trump witch hunts is establishment RINOs like Haley are rooting for Jack Smith just as much – if not more – than the Democrats because they think it’s their best chance to get rid of Trump.
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