Nikki Haley criticized Donald J. Trump on Friday, saying, “America can do higher than Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” after a Manhattan jury had ordered the previous president to pay $83.3 million for defaming the author E. Jean Carroll.
It was the newest iteration of Ms. Haley’s new assault line towards Mr. Trump, portraying one other Trump presidency as simply as unhealthy for the nation as one other 4 years of President Biden. Ms. Haley, the previous governor of South Carolina, began making similar statements after Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida dropped out of the race on Sunday, leaving her because the final severe menace to Mr. Trump’s candidacy.
“Donald Trump desires to be the presumptive Republican nominee and we’re speaking about $83 million in damages,” Ms. Haley wrote on social media, including that Mr. Trump’s authorized troubles continued to be a distraction. “We’re not speaking about fixing the border. We’re not speaking about tackling inflation.”
Ms. Haley is making ready for what may be the final stand of her presidential campaign, going through off towards Mr. Trump subsequent month in a essential main in her residence state of South Carolina. Ms. Haley has largely averted commenting on Mr. Trump’s authorized instances, however the former president leads her by wide margins in polls, and he or she seems to be turning up the warmth in an effort to catch him.
Mr. Trump lashed out on social media quickly after the decision, attacking the civil trial as a “Biden Directed Witch Hunt” even if Ms. Carroll sued Mr. Trump in 2019, earlier than he had left workplace and whereas Mr. Biden was simply considered one of many Democratic presidential candidates.
The verdict was a unprecedented second for a front-runner in a presidential nominating contest. A jury penalized Mr. Trump $83.3 million for defamation simply three days after he had gained a second nominating contest — in New Hampshire, by 11 proportion factors. Mr. Trump additionally faces 91 felony counts in four separate criminal cases.
“Absolutely ridiculous,” Mr. Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social, of the decision, including, “Our Legal System is uncontrolled, and getting used as a Political Weapon. They have taken away all First Amendment Rights. THIS IS NOT AMERICA!”
Surrogates for Mr. Trump’s marketing campaign additionally criticized the decision. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia wrote on social media that Mr. Trump “was denied a good trial in NY the place judges are actually political” activists. Representative Elise Stefanik of New York, who’s seen by many to be within the working to be Mr. Trump’s vice chairman, stated the trial was an effort by Democrats to weaponize the justice system and “bankrupt” Mr. Trump.
Ms. Carroll accused Mr. Trump in 2019 of raping her in a division retailer dressing room many years earlier. Last May, a unique Manhattan jury awarded her $5 million after discovering Mr. Trump chargeable for sexually abusing her and for defaming her in a social media publish.
Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, a nationwide co-chair of Mr. Biden’s re-election marketing campaign, stated in an interview on CNN that the decision “tells you one thing about” Mr. Trump’s character, including that “that is somebody who thinks that presidents ought to have immunity to permit them to do no matter they need.”