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Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was confronted in a restaurant over the weekend and chastised by a patron for “spending millions” to run against Donald Trump.
Haley came in a distant third to Trump in the Iowa caucuses last week and, according to most polling, the former UN ambassador is running well behind the 45th president ahead of this week’s New Hampshire primary. This is even though her campaign spent more time in Iowa than any of the other candidates.
“Haley was questioned about the spending on advertising in a Chick-fil-A restaurant while campaigning in New Hampshire ahead of Tuesday’s primary,” Newsweek reported.
Titus Frost, who took a video of the encounter and posted it on X, wrote that Haley “was not too happy to be asked why she is wasting so much money on TV ads when there are homeless veterans in the USA and she is going to lose to Trump anyways.”
“Can I ask you just like a tiny question?” Frost asks Haley in the clip.
Met Nikki Haley just now at a Chic Fil A and she was not too happy to be asked why she is wasting so much money on tv ads when there are homeless veterans in the USA and she is going to lose to Trump anyways. pic.twitter.com/TW6UDx2Mpy
— Titus Frost 🏴☠️👻 (@ImperatorTruth) January 20, 2024
“Do you think it’s responsible for politicians to spend like $100 million in Iowa on TV ads, which go to mainly news stations that have lied to us for years when there’s homeless veterans out there that could use that money when you didn’t even come close to beating Trump?” he asked.
Haley responded by pointing out that her husband is a veteran and that the money is needed to air campaign ads that “tell the truth” the media won’t tell.
But Frost doubled down: “My point is that you’re not going to beat Trump, and all the money you’re wasting could go to better causes.”
Haley began to move on as she said that “we live in a democracy” and she’s going to “keep fighting” for it before thanking Frost for his service.
In another post, Frost said that “if the end result of this is politicians stop wasting money on TV ads and try to help the citizens of this country,” we “will all be a lot better off.”
Meanwhile, Haley celebrated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to drop out of the race on Sunday.
During a campaign event before Tuesday’s primary election in New Hampshire, Haley told a crowd in Seabrook that the Republican primary is now between herself and Trump. Haley also vowed to stay in the race after the New Hampshire primary, which polling shows she will lose to Trump.
“We just heard that Ron DeSantis has dropped out the race. I want to say to Ron, he ran a great race. He’s been a good governor, and we wish him well. Having said that, it’s now one fella and one lady left!” Haley told the crowd.
Just days before the New Hampshire primary, DeSantis endorsed Trump and withdrew from the Republican presidential race in 2024. The Florida governor took to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, and made the announcement.
“If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome, more campaign stops, more interviews, I would do it. But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign,” said DeSantis, who was a distant third in the single digits in the latest polls in New Hampshire.
“It’s clear to me that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance. They watched his presidency get stymied by relentless resistance, and they see Democrats using lawfare this day to attack him. I signed a pledge to support the Republican nominee, and I will honor that pledge,” DeSantis added.