Nikki Haley evokes Margaret Thatcher in emotional exit speech – refuses to endorse Trump

Nikki Haley officially dropped out of the Republican presidential race on Wednesday, giving an emotional speech where she quoted Margaret Thatcher and failed to endorse former President Trump.

“I am filled with gratitude for the outpouring of support we’ve received from all across our great country,” Haley told her supporters from her home state. “But the time has now come to suspend my campaign.”

“I said I wanted Americans to have their voice. I have done that,” she added. “The time has now come to suspend my campaign. I said I wanted Americans to have their voices heard. I have done that. I have no regrets. And although I will no longer be a candidate, I will not stop using my voice for the things I believe in,” she vowed.

“Our national debt will eventually crush our economy. A smaller federal government is not only necessary for our freedom, it is necessary for our survival. The road to socialism is the road to ruin for America,” Haley pointed out.

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Haley suffered a resounding loss on Super Tuesday as Trump gained momentum on the way to becoming the 2024 Republican presidential nominee. She had no path to victory and her funding had pretty much dried up.

In her concession speech, Haley told her supporters that she believed that the voters had spoken and Trump would be the GOP’s chosen nominee at the party’s convention in July.

I congratulate him and wish him well. I wish anyone well who would be America’s president,” she stated. “Our country is too precious to let our differences divide us.”

However, if Republicans were expecting that Haley would endorse Trump at this point, they were disappointed.

“I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did on so many others, Margaret Thatcher provided some good advice when she said, ‘Never just follow the crowd. Always make up your own mind,'” she said likening herself to the legendary stateswoman.

“It is now up to Donald Trump to earn the votes of those in our party and beyond it, who did not support it,” Haley continued. “And I hope he does that. At its best politics is about bringing people into your cause, not turning them away. And our conservative cause badly needs more people.”

Haley has been asked repeatedly if she would support Trump.

“I haven’t heard him pledge to me that he would support me if I won, so I don’t know why I have to go and pledge to him that I would support him,” Haley said Tuesday on “Fox & Friends.”

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As Haley ended her bid to become president, she quoted the Book of Joshua.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, for God will be with you wherever you go,” she intoned.

Trump reacted to Haley’s announcement by encouraging her supporters to join the MAGA movement while taking a dig at his former U.N. ambassador.

Nikki Haley got TROUNCED last night, in record setting fashion, despite the fact that Democrats, for reasons unknown, are allowed to vote in Vermont, and various other Republican Primaries. Much of her money came from Radical Left Democrats, as did many of her voters, almost 50%, according to the polls. At this point, I hope she stays in the ‘race’ and fights it out until the end! I’d like to thank my family, friends, and the Great Republican Party for helping me to produce, by far, the most successful Super Tuesday in HISTORY, and would further like to invite all of the Haley supporters to join the greatest movement in the history of our Nation. BIDEN IS THE ENEMY, HE IS DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!” the former president wrote on Truth Social.

According to ABC News, Trump’s campaign sent out an email calling for a united front against President Biden, “It was a hard-fought race, but now it’s time for us TO UNITE AS A PARTY AND DEFEAT JOE BIDEN!”

It appears that the matchup during the presidential contest will now be between Trump and Biden. The former president is leading Biden with his lead growing daily.

Biden wasted no time asking Haley’s supporters to come over to the left and support him.

“Donald Trump made it clear he doesn’t want Nikki Haley’s supporters. I want to be clear: There is a place for them in my campaign,” the president said according to Fox News. “I know there is a lot we won’t agree on. But on the fundamental issues of preserving American democracy, on standing up for the rule of law, on treating each other with decency and dignity and respect, on preserving NATO and standing up to America’s adversaries, I hope and believe we can find common ground.”

Biden added, “We all know this is no ordinary election. And the stakes for America couldn’t be higher. I know that Democrats and Republicans and Independents disagree on many issues and hold strong convictions. That’s a good thing. That’s what America stands for. But I also know this: what unites Democrats and Republicans and Independents is a love for America.”

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel enthusiastically crowned Trump the “presumptive nominee.”

“Congratulations to President Donald J. Trump on his huge primary victory! I’d also like to congratulate Nikki Haley for running a hard-fought campaign and becoming the first woman to win a Republican presidential primary contest,” she said in a released statement following Haley suspending her campaign.

“President Trump once delivered a booming economy, secure border, energy independence, and America’s strength on the world stage, the exact opposite of the chaos created by Joe Biden,” McDaniel noted. “Republican voters have spoken loud and clear with historically large margins and we are more united than ever to beat Biden and Democrats up and down the ballot in November.”


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