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Nikki Haley Warns Trump’s Court Cases Will Doom Republicans in the Coming Elections

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Source: The Hill

In recent months, Donald Trump has been involved in a series of legal disputes in court. His legal cases range from investigations into his business dealings to lawsuits arising from his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. These legal challenges have not only dominated headlines but also fueled internal divisions within the Republican Party. 

Many lawmakers continue to defend Trump, while others have distanced themselves from his actions. Now, former Governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, has issued a warning to fellow Republicans. She cautioned that the legal controversies involving former President Donald Trump could be disastrous for the party in coming elections. 

During a recent interview, Haley stated that the party’s association with Trump could have severe electoral consequences. Her reasons are based on the fact that voters were getting tired of the former president’s ongoing controversies.

“Donald Trump is in court today. There will be a verdict on another case tomorrow. And he has a trial starting March 25. Meanwhile, he’s spending millions of campaign donations on legal fees,” Haley posted on X, formerly Twitter. “All of this chaos will only lead to more losses for Republicans up and down the ticket.”

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Nikki Haley keeps warning that if Republicans pick Trump again for a third time, it could spell trouble. “Rightly or wrongly, chaos follows him,” she emphasized. Nikki Haley is still running for the Republican presidential nomination, even though she’s far behind Trump in almost all polls.

She also recently warned that Trump may be relying on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to cover his legal expenses following his legal challenges. She cautioned that this practice would likely continue if he were to return to the presidency.

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“My biggest issue is, I don’t want the RNC to become, you know, his legal defense fund,” Haley told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins. “I don’t want the RNC to become his piggy bank for his personal court cases.” 

Haley’s comments came following Trump being instructed to pay nearly $355 million in penalties as part of a civil fraud case in New York. The case involved allegations of inflating and deflating his business assets to gain tax and insurance advantages.

According to David Darmofal, a political science professor at the University of South Carolina, Haley’s political strategy is “not completely clear.” He suspects that she might be “staying in the race in case Trump is convicted in one of the criminal cases he is facing.”

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Regardless, as the Republican race narrows down to just Haley and Trump, the former governor is not relenting. Instead, she is intensifying her criticism, considering that Trump’s time will be shared juggling between the courts and his campaign trail. “Everything he touches, we lose,” Haley said Thursday night at a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas.

Next Saturday, the South Carolina GOP presidential primary will take place. Former President Trump will face off against Nikki Haley on her home turf. Despite Haley’s advantage in the primary, a poll average from Decision Desk HQ/The Hill shows her at 32.5 percent, while Trump stands at 62.5 percent.

As an update, Justice Juan Merchan has denied Trump’s attempt to dismiss charges related to hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. The judge confirmed that a trial will start on March 25, 2024. This makes Trump the first former president to face criminal charges. Additionally, a verdict is expected soon in Trump’s $370 million civil fraud trial.

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