The recent cancellation of Nikki Haley’s campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, drew criticism from her opponents and even the DeSantis campaign, citing a video showing an empty room and scanty pro-Haley signs. Critics characterized the situation as an attempt to avoid embarrassment as it appeared that no one had turned up for the event. Vivek Ramaswamy, a fellow candidate, highlighted his commitment to his events in northwest Iowa, contrasting Haley’s cancellation by stating that if one can’t handle the snow, they can’t handle Xi Jinping, implying Haley’s inability to face challenges.
The cancellation further added to the recent gaffes and controversies surrounding Haley’s campaign. Her remarks in New Hampshire, expressing trust in voters to “correct” the results of the Iowa caucuses, sparked backlash. Haley attempted to backtrack on this statement during a CNN town hall, presenting it as a joke, aiming to reassert her dedication to fight until the end and in every state, claiming everyone deserves her support.
Nevertheless, Haley faced another backlash after comments suggesting she changes her personality depending on the state she campaigns in. Her reference to altering personalities as she moves through the primary process, from Iowa to New Hampshire and then South Carolina, stirred controversy, portraying her remarks as misjudged or inappropriate.
The Trump campaign joined the criticism, branding Haley as a globalist, an open-border advocate, and dismissing her as the preferred candidate of liberal globalists and Democrat donors. MAGA Inc. spokeswoman Karoline Leavitt emphasized that Haley could not be trusted on critical issues and cautioned against electing another open-border globalist, suggesting that would be the outcome if Haley were elected.
These criticisms and controversies surrounding Haley’s campaign events and statements, compounded by perceived inconsistencies in her remarks, have left her vulnerable to attacks from both rival candidates and critics within her own party, affecting her standing in the polls.