Birther Smear: As Raja Denounces Trump, Nikki Says Trump Is ‘Threatened’ By Her
WASHINGTON, DC – Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has strongly criticized former President Donald Trump for perpetuating false birther claims and called on Republicans to denounce such rhetoric, particularly about Nikki Haley. Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat, expressed solidarity with Haley, stating that the hateful attacks launched by Trump against the former UN ambassador are unfortunately familiar to him. He urged Republicans claiming to support the South Asian community to condemn Trump’s unfounded allegations.
Meanwhile, responding to Trump’s recent attacks, Nikki Haley characterized the former president as “threatened” and “insecure.” During a CNN town hall event, she highlighted Trump’s tendency to resort to such tactics when feeling challenged.
The former president’s strategy became evident this week when he took to Truth Social to launch a series of attacks on Haley. Trump misspelt Haley’s first name, Nimarata, and falsely questioned her eligibility to run for president due to her parents’ citizenship status at the time of her birth. These tactics parallel Trump’s previous smears against Barack Obama, emphasizing Obama’s middle name, Hussein, and promoting the false claim that he was not born in the US.
The aggressive tone marks a departure from Trump’s earlier acknowledgment of Haley’s capabilities during his victory speech in Iowa. In recent weeks, Trump’s campaign has recognized Haley as a significant contender in New Hampshire, prompting an increased focus on her in campaign activities, as reported by CNN.
Haley’s campaign responded to Trump’s attacks by releasing videos trolling him and showcasing positive remarks he made about her during her tenure in his administration.
Haley’s spending on advertising, particularly on immigration issues, initially outpaced Trump’s, but the former president has narrowed the gap.
Trump’s ads specifically target left-leaning independents, aiming to prevent them from influencing the Republican primary. Concerned about Haley’s appeal to Democrats and liberals, Trump highlights her calls for Social Security and Medicare reform.