On Monday, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley encountered an embarrassing blunder in New Hampshire that some have likened to Jeb Bush’s “please clap” moment.
Spectrum News Reported:
Fresh off of a recent poll putting Nikki Haley in second place in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary, the former South Carolina governor stumped in the Granite State on Monday in an effort to chip away at former President Donald Trump’s lead.
Haley, the former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under Trump, told the crowd at a town hall in Hookset, N.H., that “chaos follows” her former boss.
“I think President Trump was the right president at the right time,” Haley said. “I was proud to serve America in his administration. I agree with a lot of his policies.
“But the reality is: chaos follows him,” she continued. “You know it. Rightly or wrongly, chaos follows him. And when we’ve got an economy out of control and we’ve got wars around the world, we can’t afford any more chaos.”
It was a similar tack to the one she took against Trump in the most recent GOP presidential debate, when she criticized the former president for being “weak in the knees” on Ukraine and accruing “$8 trillion in debt,” for which “our kids are never going to forgive us.”
Haley was joined Monday at her stop in Hookset — just north of Manchester, the state’s most populous city — by Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, a highly popular figure in the Granite State who briefly mulled a presidential bid of his own earlier this year before announcing he would not seek a fifth term in office.
Voters lined up early in Hooksett for our town hall today. Thank you for coming out and special thanks to Gov. @ChrisSununu for joining us on the trail!
New Hampshire, we’re working hard to earn every vote. 64 days until we make history together—let’s win this! pic.twitter.com/rhZMQvoAdC
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) November 20, 2023
As she presented her talking points, her attempt to compliment a nine-year-old girl on her hat resulted in an embarrassing incident when the child revealed the reality of the situation before hundreds of people.
Haley: I love your hat.
Girl: Thanks. One of your guys gave it to me for free.
The crowd erupted in laughter after the little one revealed Team Haley’s ploy, as Haley had no choice but to laugh along in embarrassment.
According to reports, her team had given the little girl a hat and asked her to keep it a secret, but evidently she wasn’t going to comply.