Former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley offered some pointed criticism of her ex-boss Friday. Haley, who has been widely considered a potential GOP presidential nominee in 2024, directly condemned former President Donald Trump for his role in what occurred at the Capitol on January 6.
"We need to acknowledge he let us down," Haley said in an interview. "He went down a path he shouldn't have, and we shouldn't have followed him, and we shouldn't have listened to him. And we can't let that ever happen again."
The former ambassador and South Carolina governor was particularly angry with Trump for his callous treatment of former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump spoke poorly of Pence at his January 6 rally and then attacked his running mate on Twitter the same day after Pence moved forward to certify the electoral vote.
"When I tell you I'm angry, it's an understatement," Haley told Politico. "Mike has been nothing but loyal to that man. He's been nothing but a good friend of that man. ... I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I'm disgusted by it."
If she harbors any future political ambition, the decision to criticize Trump publicly is a risky one for Haley as the former president remains very popular in the Republican Party. A recent poll found that two-thirds of Republicans said they would join a Trump third party if he started one.
Still, without social media, Haley said Trump has lost his ability to maintain political viability. She argues that the former president will become increasingly isolated by his erratic behavior.
"Never did I think he would spiral out like this," Haley said, adding that "the person that I worked with is not the person that I have watched since the election."
The former ambassador did say that she thought it was important Republicans "take the good that he built, leave the bad that he did," and move forward.