On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) criticized former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, stating that she “really embodies the failed Republican establishment of the past” in an effort to position himself as a viable candidate for the 2024 Republican nomination, in contrast to former President Trump.
“Even a campaigner as good as Chris [Christie] is not going to be able to paper over Nikki being an establishment candidate. I mean, she’s getting funded by liberal Democrats from California, like a founder of LinkedIn, people on Wall Street, like the head of JPMorgan,” DeSantis remarked.
“She’s getting all these folks that are going to her. Guess what, guys, those folks do not want to see conservative change in this country. So why are they gravitating to her?” he continued.
“I think her positions on things like saying her first day in office, she’s going to demand that everyone produce their name on social media. She said I want your name. What, you’re going to doxx the whole country? Conservatives have been singled out for expressing opinions on social media,” he added.
Haley was the target of DeSantis’s criticism of a prior proposition she put forth, which advocated for name verification of social media accounts.
DeSantis subsequently retracted her stance and suggested that the policy should be implemented with regard to non-American users rather than American ones.
In the past, Haley has defended corporate donors who have expressed interest in her.