Trump says Haley donors will be barred from MAGA camp

Former President Donald J. Trump essentially threatened Nikki Haley’s donors with excommunication from his political movement on Wednesday night, saying he would reject contributions from anyone who donates to her primary campaign.

“When I ran for office and won, I noticed that the ‘Donors’ of the losing candidates would immediately come to me and want to ‘help’. he wrote on his social media platform. “This is the standard in politics, but it’s not with me anymore.”

He then added, using his offensive nickname for Ms. Haley, “Anyone who ‘contributes’ to Birdbrain, from this point forward, will be permanently banned from the MAGA camp. We don’t want them and we won’t accept them, because we put America first and ALWAYS WILL!”

Mr. Trump made the post shortly after Ms. Haley held a rally in North Charleston, S.C., as the primary campaign moves into the state from New Hampshire. At that rally, Ms. Haley told supporters she had raised $1 million the previous day from a pledge to stay in the race despite her New Hampshire loss.

“Well in that case…donate here,” Mrs. Haley he wrote to X in response, with a link to her fundraising page. A spokeswoman for her campaign said Thursday that after Mr. Trump’s announcement, “they saw a surge in donations.”

While the former president may have made an empty threat — politicians in close general elections don’t usually turn down big donations — his stance reflected his anger at Ms. Haley for not backing down and ceding the nomination to him, as many elected Republicans, seek to declare the race over.

But warning Mr. Trump ignored the fact that, to win in November, he would have to earn the support of many voters who currently support Mrs. Haley — independent and college-educated voters who do not have much power in the Republican primary but who will be essential in the general election.

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