Nikki Haley PAC blasts ‘poor’ Ron DeSantis over Gaza refugee remarks

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Haley and DeSantis are trading barbs over the conflict in Gaza as they jockey for second place far behind Donald Trump.

SFA Fund, the super PAC supporting former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign, is out with a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire blasting GOP presidential rival Ron DeSantis for “throwing mud” at the former U.N. Ambassador and mischaracterizing her stance on admitting Gaza refugees into the United States.

“Poor Ron DeSantis — he’s losing, he’s lying. So now he’s throwing mud at Nikki Haley,” the ad begins with a narrator’s voice over footage of DeSantis looking angry.

The narrator then asks for “the truth” before pivoting to footage of Sean Hannity.

“Nikki Haley has been clear that other Arab countries in the Middle East should be the one taking in Palestinians,” Hannity says in the clip.

The latest ad is in reference to another ad from a PAC supporting DeSantis, Never Back Down, which featured comments Haley made saying that “we should care about the Palestinian citizens” and “America’s always been sympathetic to the fact that you can separate civilians from terrorists.”

That ad contrasts Haley’s remarks with DeSantis’, with footage of the Florida Governor saying “she’s trying to be politically correct” and “trying to please the media and people on the left,” while he says he doesn’t “care about that” and that he would not allow Gaza refugees into the U.S.

Another Never Back Down ad addresses comments Haley made in 2017 as U.N. Ambassador defending aid to the West Bank and Gaza, in which she said “we need to do whatever we can to protect the region.” It then contradicts that statement with footage of her speaking this year saying “that is not the role of the U.S.”

The ad supporting Haley directly disputes Never Back Down’s claims, which were also made by DeSantis in several media appearances, and not just the ad.

“I’ve always said we shouldn’t take any Gazan refugees in the U.S.,” Haley is seen saying on the ad.

It then pivots to footage of Fox News’ Stuart Varney.

“Nikki Haley warned the United Nations about Hamas’ threat to Israel,” Varney says.

The ad ends with more footage of Haley, this time putting both Hamas and Iran on warning.

“Hamas did this. You know Iran’s behind it. Finish them. They should have hell to pay for what they’ve just done,” she says.

The sparring between the two GOP rivals punctuates their battle for second place in the Primary, far behind front-runner and former President Donald Trump.

Haley, following two strong debate performances, has been surging in the polls while DeSantis has been dropping. A USA Today poll released Monday shows Haley just 1 percentage point behind DeSantis, at 11% support to his 12%.

That puts her up 4 percentage points since the last national poll from USA Today, with Suffolk University, while it represents a drastic decline for DeSantis, from 23% support four months ago.

And the back and forth jockeying for second place may not matter much — Trump continues to dominate with the same USA Today poll putting him at an astonishing 58% support, up 10 points from June despite mounting legal woes plaguing the former President.

Peter Schorsch

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  • rick whitaker

    October 23, 2023 at 9:32 am

    using the suffering of a war to bicker amongst each other is a very maga cult thing. hopefully biden will win and then continue being his presidential self.

  • My Take

    October 23, 2023 at 10:33 am

    “Haley . . . has been surging in the polls while DeSantis has been dropping.”
    It must kill redneck him, being beaten . . . by a woman!

    • My Take

      October 23, 2023 at 11:02 am

      And fun for us, watching it.

  • Joe

    October 23, 2023 at 11:27 am

    Tiny D is cooked. Buh-bye, angry lil pipsqueak! You’re just Florida’s problem again now.

  • Earl Pitts "Florida's BIG VOICE on The Right" American

    October 23, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Good mornting America,
    One of Nikki’s staffers called me the other day and asked if Nikki trashing “The Ronald” over his Gaza refugee remarks will help “The Ronald” to see her [Nikki] as a viable choice as his [The Ronald’s] VPOTUS running mate.
    I clearly told her staffer to tell Nikki “No Dont Do That”.
    Somehow that staffer bungled the message and gave Nikki incorrect information making Nikki think that “The Ronald” would be MORE likely to make her [Nikki] his VEEP if she trashed him over some minor Gaza Refugee issue.
    I am sorry your staffer got my, Earl Pitts American’s, sage advice of supream wisdom incorrect Nikki.
    Nikki just let me know if you want me to call “The Ronald” and save you from the trash pile of history as just another “Also Ran” contender.
    Earl Pitts American

    • Sally Staffer

      October 23, 2023 at 11:44 am

      Good morning Mr. Pitts,
      She’s being so mean to me for just that one little mistake. Can I come work for you Mr. Pitts ?
      Oh I gotta go shes coming after me to spank me with her shoe. Help me somebody ouch ouch. stop spanking me Mrs. Haley. ouch. ouch

    • rick whitaker

      October 24, 2023 at 8:39 am


  • Dale A Arnold

    October 23, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Two “Christians” arguing which one is more willing to abandon the teachings of the the book they say they follow.
    They also have forgotten the poem “The new colossus”.. That is on the statue of liberty
    ” Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
    The Republicans have forgotten or have a preference as to who they will let in…

    • TJC

      October 23, 2023 at 3:30 pm

      In America, in countries across Europe, right wing nationalist “Christians” call for the opposite of what Christ taught about feeding, clothing and sheltering the poor and homeless. Families fleeing from war, cartels, ruthless gangs, are somehow seen as a threat rather than an opportunity to do the work of Christ.
      And yet, these peculiar “Christians” around the world see nothing hypocritical about their stance. In America, they have a new savior, Donald Trump, who now speaks for them in place of Jesus Christ. A man who tells us we must reject people from “shithole countries.” The opposite of Christ, resembling very much indeed an anti-Christ.

      • Dale A Arnold

        October 23, 2023 at 4:06 pm

        Very well said!

    • rick whitaker

      October 24, 2023 at 8:49 am

      it’s all about profit and hate/fear for the maga cult that quote is not about those things.

  • Dont Say FLA

    October 23, 2023 at 3:47 pm

    Haley wins the eyeliner competition, but Rhonda wins the heels and bikini contest, hands down, tucking as much as they can, which isn’t much to tuck.

  • My Take

    October 23, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    If /whenTrump founders, who will hìs evilvangelicals support? Back to Pence the Disloyal?

    • rick whitaker

      October 24, 2023 at 8:52 am

      mike Huckabee would love the position.

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