Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said after former President Donald Trump’s double-digit victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday that there is no path going forward for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to beat the former president for the party’s presidential nomination.
McDaniel made the remarks during an interview following New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
“I think there’s some history that was made tonight, we have never had a nominee in our party that has won without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire. Donald Trump is the first ever to win both,” she said. “I’m looking at the math and the path going forward. And I don’t see it for Nikki Haley. I think she’s run a great campaign. But I do think there is a message that’s coming out from the voters, which is very clear, we need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump and we need to make sure we beat Joe Biden.”
“It is ten months away till the November election, and we can’t wait any longer to put our foot on the gas to beat the worst president, to beat the president that’s kept our borders open, allowed fentanyl to pour through, allowed inflation to go rampant,” she continued. “He is hurting the American people. And we need to do everything we can to unite so that we can defeat him.”
“This isn’t the RNC speaking, this isn’t the establishment speaking, this is the voters speaking,” she continued, later adding: “I think you have to reflect tonight if you’re on the Haley campaign and say, ‘if I’m not on the ballot in Nevada, if I’m not going to maybe win my home state, what’s the most important thing going forward?’ And every Republican has to agree that Joe Biden is a threat to our country.”
“I just don’t see the path and the math,” she concluded. “I hope she reflects tonight. I think it’s time to move forward and I think Donald Trump is going to be the nominee.”
Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman): “I’m looking at the math & the path going forward & I don’t see it for Nikki Haley … We need to unite around our eventual nominee, which is going to be Donald Trump … It’s 10 months away till the Nov. election and we can’t wait any longer to… pic.twitter.com/hRQK6GsmzZ
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 24, 2024