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Former President Donald Trump is against the proposed idea of pressuring the Republican National Committee into declaring him a “presumptive nominee,” saying that he would rather beat Nikki Haley at the ballot box the “old-fashioned way.”
“While I greatly appreciate the Republican National Committee (RNC) wanting to make me their PRESUMPTIVE NOMINEE, and while they have far more votes than necessary to do it, I feel, for the sake of PARTY UNITY, that they should NOT go forward with this plan, but that I should do it the ‘Old Fashioned’ way, and finish the process off AT THE BALLOT BOX. Thank you to the RNC for the Respect and Devotion you have shown me! TRUMP2024,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social website.
Trump’s statement counters the initiatives spearheaded by David Bossie, a former aide to his campaign and a member of the RNC committee. Bossie has been advocating for Republicans to unite behind the former president, even though the primary is still ongoing, Fox News noted.
Haley, the former U.N. Ambassador, is increasingly being urged to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race due to mounting demands. The Republican National Committee (RNC) came close to considering a resolution that would declare Trump as the party’s presumed nominee.
The RNC was scheduled to deliberate on a resolution that, if ratified, would have officially designated Trump as the party’s presumptive nominee for the presidential election in 2024. Fox News Digital acquired a copy of the resolution on Thursday, but it was subsequently retracted.
In a statement, RNC spokesperson Keith Schipper said, “Resolutions, such as this one, are brought forward by members of the RNC. Chairwoman McDaniel doesn’t offer resolutions. This will be taken up by the Resolutions Committee, and they will decide whether to send this resolution to be voted on by the 168 RNC members at our annual meeting next week.”
Haley’s campaign conveyed to Fox News Digital that the determination of the party’s nominee would ultimately rest in the hands of the numerous Republican voters nationwide, rather than a group of influential individuals based in Washington.
Trump achieved resounding victories in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary this month, leaving little hope for Haley, the sole remaining alternative to the former president in the race, to perform well in the upcoming South Carolina primary, despite it being her home state.
According to a recent study of polling data conducted by the political analysis website FiveThirtyEight, Trump is significantly ahead in the upcoming Republican South Carolina presidential primary, Newsweek noted.
According to the latest FiveThirtyEight forecast, published on January 24, Trump is the favored candidate of 62.2 percent of probable voters in the South Carolina GOP primary, surpassing the state’s former governor, Nikki Haley, who has the support of 25 percent of voters.
Trump achieved a decisive victory in the Republican Iowa caucus on January 15, surpassing Ron DeSantis with 51 percent of the vote compared to 21.2 percent. Shortly thereafter, the governor of Florida withdrew from the race and publicly supported the former president.
After eight days, Trump emerged victorious in the New Hampshire primary, albeit with a smaller lead, securing 54.3 percent of the votes compared to Haley’s 43.3 percent.
The South Carolina primary, scheduled for February 24, will serve as the subsequent ballot in the Republican competition to designate the party’s 2024 presidential nominee, taking place in Haley’s state of origin.
According to a survey by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, 68 percent of the 600 likely Republican voters in South Carolina polled expressed support for Trump, while only 28 percent preferred Haley.
Despite her loss in New Hampshire, Haley firmly stated that she will not withdraw from the 2024 race, even after receiving a request to do so from Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel.
Nevertheless, Trump issued a cautionary statement on his Truth Social platform, stating that individuals who make contributions to Haley’s campaign will face permanent exclusion from the MAGA community.
Mockingly branding Haley as a “birdbrain,” the 45th president remarked: “I knew Nikki well, she was average at best, is not the one to take on World Leaders, and she never did. That was up to me, and that is why they respected the United States. When I ran for Office and won, I noticed that the losing Candidate’s ‘Donors’ would immediately come to me, and want to ‘help out.’ This is standard in Politics, but no longer with me. Anybody that makes a ‘Contribution’ to Birdbrain, from this moment forth, will be permanently barred from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them, and will not accept them, because we Put America First, and ALWAYS WILL!”