Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign has launched a microsite attacking rival Nikki Haley’s secretive “liberal” record, The Post has learned.
The site, titled “Who is the real Nikki Haley?”, tells voters that the former ambassador to the United Nations is “not the conservative she claims to be” and has “supported every liberal cause under the sun.”
The DeSantis camp maintains that Haley has tried to “hide” her positions on Hillary Clinton, illegal immigration, China, biological men in women’s bathrooms, child mutilation, Gaza refugees, government censorship, rising taxes, BLM rioters and corporate welfare.
The website also includes a video showing Haley’s past comments on these issues, including the fact that she said the “reason” she got into politics “was because of Hillary Clinton,” which America needs “ as many immigrants” as he can legally get, and that George Floyd’s death in May 2020 was “personal and painful for everyone.”
The launch of the site comes as DeSantis and Haley have escalated their attacks on each other in recent months. The two White House hopefuls are battling for vote share as polls show former President Donald Trump remains the Republican Party’s favorite.
DeSantis’ site attacks Haley with many of the same attacks as in the past, but aggregates all of his arguments in one place.
The Florida governor’s campaign sharply criticized Haley for her record of attracting Chinese investment to South Carolina while she was governor of the state, and again discussed with Haley her statements about the possibility of the United States accepting refugees from the Gaza Strip, an argument that was later debunked by several fact-checkers.
The website also focuses on Haley’s recent comments about social media surveillance and sells t-shirts that say Haley is “always watching.”
Haley caused a stir Tuesday by saying she would propose requiring social media users to verify their identities out of concern for “national security.”
Haley and DeSantis have increasingly clashed as their poll numbers have gotten closer.REUTERS
In response to the subsequent outrage, Haley’s campaign said it believes “social media companies need to do a better job of verifying users so we can crack down on Chinese, Iranian and Russian bots.”
DeSantis’ video also highlights Haley’s policies on what “care” should be on the table for teenagers who want to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
The former South Carolina governor first said she thought “the law should stay out of it” and that “this is a job for parents to handle.” Her campaign later said she “supports a ban on sex reassignment treatments for minors.”
Haley’s campaign has maintained that attacks are increasing due to her rise in the polls.AP
Haley vetoed a bill while she was governor that would have banned biological males from accessing women’s bathrooms in South Carolina schools, arguing it was not necessary.
Earlier this month, Haley’s super PAC released an ad attacking DeSantis for his anti-fracking record. The clips were taken out of context and DeSantis has said he opposes fracking in the Florida Everglades because of the area’s environmental makeup, but has supported fracking nationally, the Washington Post said in a fact check marking the announcement. with “Four Pinocchios”.
“Ron DeSantis’ attempt to revive the corpse of a campaign is sad,” Haley spokesman Ken Farnaso told The Post. “Instead, he should explain why he still recruits Chinese companies in Florida, opposes offshore oil drilling and fracking, and voted to increase the national debt. While Nikki is surging in the early states, DeSantis is sinking. Poll after poll has shown that Nikki Haley is the best rival for Donald Trump and Joe Biden. “Ron DeSantis is lying because he is losing.”
The website debuted hours after a Washington Post/Monmouth University poll released Friday showed Haley in second place in New Hampshire with 18%, with DeSantis in fifth place with 7%.
Nationally, DeSantis has persistently been in second place behind Trump, according to RealClearPolitics.