WAUKEE, Iowa — Former President Donald Trump is amplifying false conspiracy theories regarding former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley‘s citizenship and her marriage as he tries to counter her rise in the polls, particularly in New Hampshire.
The line of attack echoes his unfounded, but effective attacks, against former President Barack Obama, and offers a preview of how nasty the 2024 Republican primary could become as Trump uses the race as part of his legal strategy against the civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions against him.
Trump has criticized Haley’s policy positions, from taxes to immigration and foreign policy, drawing unflattering comparisons between her and former President George W. Bush in the past. He has also attempted to portray her as disloyal, inauthentic, and untrustworthy, as he did with 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, reiterating to crowds she and DeSantis