In a bold political maneuver, former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday his intention to blacklist any donors supporting Nikki Haley's bid for the presidency. In a post on Truth Social, Trump declared that any contributions made to Haley's campaign would result in a permanent exclusion from the MAGA camp.
"We don't want them, and will not accept them," he asserted emphatically. The specificity of Trump's declaration remains unclear, as he did not clarify whether his warning was solely directed at direct donations to Haley's campaign or if it extended to contributions made to pro-Haley political action committees as well.
Haley Defies Trump's Threat
In a spirited response, Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor, took to social media platform X to encourage donations to her campaign, despite Trump's threats. Accompanied by a link to her fundraising site, Haley's post read, "Well in that case…donate here.
Let’s Go!" NBC News reached out to both the Trump and Haley campaigns on Wednesday evening for additional comments but has not received a response at the time of this report. This latest development in the political arena follows NBC News' confirmation that Haley is scheduled to attend multiple fundraisers on Wall Street in New York City next Monday and Tuesday.
These events, as reported by two campaign sources, signal Haley's continued commitment to her presidential campaign.
Fundraising Amidst Political Rivalry
Haley's campaign momentum appears undeterred by Trump's threats. She recently announced a significant fundraising achievement, claiming a collection of $1 million within 24 hours following the New Hampshire primary.
This figure, proudly reiterated by her campaign, has yet to be independently verified by NBC News, as the Federal Election Commission's data for this period is still pending. In a comparative look at campaign finances, Trump's campaign reported over $37 million in hand at the end of the third quarter of 2023.
In contrast, Haley's campaign reported a respectable $11 million, as per the Federal Election Commission filings. The third quarter, spanning from July through September, highlights the financial landscape of the presidential race as it heats up.
This recent announcement from Trump adds another layer of intrigue to the already dynamic and competitive race for the presidency, as candidates continue to vie for support and funding in their quest for the White House.