Haley slammed former Vice President Mike Pence, who last week criticized Trump for pressuring him to overturn the 2020 election results. She did so with an odd choice of words, given her former employer’s tendencies:
“Mike Pence is a good man,” Haley said. “He’s an honest man. I think he did what he thought was right on that day. But I will always say, I’m not a fan of Republicans going against Republicans.”
Nikki Haley on Pence statement: I’m not a fan of Republicans going after Republicans pic.twitter.com/zLb91gSq3r
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 7, 2022
It wasn’t lost on her critics that in attacking Pence, she herself had become a Republican going after a Republican. And, of course, she did so in defense of Trump, who continues to spend much of his energy attacking Republicans he deems disloyal.
That has at times included Haley herself, who has criticized Trump in the past, only to walk it back.
“Well, every time she criticizes me, she uncriticizes me about 15 minutes later,” Trump told Vanity Fair last year.
Haley’s critics responded:
Nikki Haley: Duty, honor, country? Nah. Party first. https://t.co/fvGQN00wD6
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) February 7, 2022
She’s just pathetic. Sheesh. https://t.co/ZYrO0OsvkB
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 7, 2022
I'm not a fan of Republicans going after Republicans, says Nikki Haley who *checks notes* worked for Donald Trump and continues to boost him. Lol. https://t.co/tpObaTTszp
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 8, 2022
But Nikki Haley is a fan of Republicans going after a Republican VP with a noose. https://t.co/icztHsInCx
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 8, 2022
Nikki Haley’s spine is like the Grinch’s heart on pg. 1 https://t.co/fiR2J2LBLJ
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) February 8, 2022
What I appreciate about Nikki Haley is how consistent she’s been in forcefully voicing this principle, especially when Donald Trump was attacking Repub….hahahahahahahahahahah https://t.co/lc8c9T2Iwr
— Sarah Longwell (@SarahLongwell25) February 8, 2022
Nikki Haley is a pathetic coward. https://t.co/tYOeOpYsin
— Republicans against Trumpism (@RpsAgainstTrump) February 7, 2022
She said, goin' after a feller Republican.https://t.co/3sc6dgb0Kz
— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) February 8, 2022
Nikki Haley would've done exactly what Donald Trump told her to do on January 6th https://t.co/iyySUyR1bg
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) February 7, 2022
Nikki Haley: I’m not a fan of democracy https://t.co/Co7XQWSPxI
— Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) February 7, 2022
There are some members of the GOP that seem particularly craven in everything they do. Nikki Haley us one of them.
— Victoria Butler (@VAButlerwrites) February 8, 2022
In other words, Nikki Haley is not a fan of Republicans telling the truth about Republicans. She is in the right place. https://t.co/jwH1Ijusha
— Political Tweets -January 20,2021- President Biden (@PartyPolitical7) February 8, 2022
Nikki Haley once again fishing to be relevant, praying she gets the nod for VP in 2024.
It's never going to be you, Nicki.
— Steve Marmel 💉 💉 💉 (@Marmel) February 8, 2022
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.