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Haley Backstabs Trump

In a recent interview with CNN’s Dana Bash in Manchester, N.H., Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley critiqued former President Trump’s mental acuity, casting doubts ahead of the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.

Haley acknowledged Trump’s fitness for the presidency but emphasized the need for a leader who is “fully focused” on the role, a criterion she believes neither Trump nor President Biden currently meets. “I mean, look, we’ve seen him get confused,” Haley said about Trump, citing an instance where he erroneously associated her with security issues at the Capitol, likely confusing her with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Haley also pointed out Trump’s gaffe from September, where he mistakenly suggested Biden’s re-election could lead to World War II instead of World War III. She has consistently argued that both Biden, 81, and Trump, 77, are too old for the presidency, advocating for a new generation of leadership. According to Haley, scientific evidence suggests cognitive decline at their ages.

For Haley, the concern with Trump extends beyond cognitive issues to a lack of a clear future vision. “You’ve heard about who he’s going to go against in the past, what vendettas he’s going to take care of, but nothing about the vision for the future,” she remarked.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu (R), who supports Haley and joined her in the interview, expressed that Trump has changed since his 2016 campaign. He emphasized the public’s desire for a new direction, focusing on the future of the Republican Party rather than the “chaos of the past.”

At a recent campaign event, former President Donald Trump made a point to emphasize his mental sharpness, following an incident where he mistakenly conflated Nikki Haley with Nancy Pelosi.

Speaking to an audience in Manchester, New Hampshire, the leading candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination declared, “My mind is stronger now than it was 25 years ago.” Trump bolstered this claim by referencing a recent cognitive test administered by his doctor, which he claimed to have passed with flying colors.

This assertion of mental fitness came on the heels of a gaffe at an earlier event in Concord, New Hampshire. As reported by Business Insider, Trump took a jab at the size of Haley’s campaign gatherings. In an unusual twist, he also incorrectly attributed the security failures at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, to Haley, deviating from his typical criticism of Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi.

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