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Nikki Haley says the RNC is ‘clearly not’ an honest broker after calls to unify around Trump in primary

by NBC News

Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blasted the Republican National Committee on Sunday, saying it was not an honest broker in party’s 2024 primary race.

In an appearance on “Meet the Press,” Haley, the last remaining major GOP opponent to former President Donald Trump, said the RNC was “clearly not” playing fairly.

“Do you think the RNC has been an honest broker in this case?” moderator Kristen Welker asked.

Haley replied, “I mean, clearly not.”

“If you’re gonna go in and basically tell the American people that you’re gonna go and decide who the nominee is after only two states have voted? I mean, 48 states out there?” she said. “This is a democracy. The American people want to have their say in who is going to be their nominee, we need to give them that.”

Haley noted that it takes 1,215 delegates to reach the nomination, the majority of which have yet to be allocated.

“I think that Americans want to be able to make this decision themselves,” she said. “I don’t think this is the place of the RNC to do it. I think that Trump overstepped when he pushed them to do it, and I think that’s why he’s had to back down, and that was the right thing to do was to back down.”

The RNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Haley’s remarks.

Haley also did not say that she does not need to win her home state of South Carolina to stay in the presidential race, but she contended that she must perform better than she did in the New Hampshire primary.

“Don’t you need to win your home state to show that you can win a state and really put some delegates on the map for yourself?” Welker asked.

“Well, we’ve got 17 delegates. He’s got 32. I’d say that’s pretty good to start,” she said. “What I do think I need to do is I need to show that I’m building momentum. I need to show that I’m stronger in South Carolina than New Hampshire.” 

“Does that have to be a win? I don’t think that necessarily has to be a…

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