(TheFreedomFlag.com)- If the Republican Party parts with former President Donald Trump, or if Trump decides not to run for president in 2024, there’s one person who could benefit tremendously — Nikki Haley.
Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, was once a big supporter of Trump. However, she broke from that role recently, when she criticized him in a Politico interview.
She said of Trump:
“We need to acknowledge he let us down. He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.
“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture. I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”
A Morning Consult poll recently revealed that Haley is one of only two Republicans who have polled above 5% for a potential 2024 run — aside from Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. The other is Donald Trump Jr., who received 6% of support among voters.
Haley has long been considered a riser in the Republican Party, and many people feel she is the early front-runner in the party. That being said, a lot of what will happen in that regard depends on what happens with Trump.
Will Trump decide to run again in 2024? Will the Republican Party split with Trump, or will Trump split with the Republican Party?
On top of that, it’s unclear how Haley’s outright break from Trump will affect her chances in the 2024 primary. A lot of that, of course, will depend on how Republican voters feel about Trump in general in four more years.
Jay Townsend, a political consultant, told Newsweek that potential 2024 candidates are trying to predict how the Republican Party will go in the next four years, and making decisions now based on what could give them a boost. He said:
“They’re all playing a game of crystal ball. Some, Nikki Haley is one of them, are expecting there will be little luster left on Donald Trump come 2024 and that a substantial number of Republican voters will be ready to move on. Others, like Ted Cruz and [Josh] Hawley, are expecting that the shine will remain.”
This could go one of two ways for these candidates. If Trump’s popularity grows or remains the same, then those who are backing him (Cruz and Hawley) are likely to see a boost. If Trump’s popularity wanes, then candidates who are separating from him (Haley) are likely to benefit.
Townsend said that Haley has already created a persona for herself for the 2024 primaries:
“Nikki Haley, the independent thinker. Nikki Haley, the one who’s ahead of the curve. Nikki Haley, the fiercely independent woman who’s going to chart the court regardless of the political situation of the moment.”
All of this, of course, depends on what Trump himself decides to do. If he runs again, and remains on the Republican ticket, it’s highly unlikely that any of these other potential candidates will make much headway at all.