Donald Trump came out roaring in New Hampshire on Sunday night as he congratulated former GOP hopeful Ron DeSantis after he dropped out of the running.
The former president graciously thanked the Florida Gov. for endorsing him after ceremoniously quitting the Republican candidate race – while he took aim at his closest competition, Nikki Haley, days before the primary.
He said that the people supporting Haley are ‘pro-Amnesty, pro-China, pro-Open Borders, pro-war, pro-Deep State and they’re pro-Biden.’
And he called her a RINO – short for Republican in name only.
Trump, 77, called her out for previously arguing against his border policies, and told the cheering New Hampshire crowds: ‘She will never secure the border.’
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump taking the stage during a campaign stop in Rochester, New Hampshire
The former president graciously thanked the Florida Gov. for endorsing him after ceremoniously quitting the Republican candidate race – while he took aim at his closest competition, Nikki Haley , days before the primary
As he took to the stage in Rochester, Donald Trump told supporters tonight: ‘I want to congratulate Ron on doing a very great job.’
Trump commended ‘terrific’ Ron DeSantis for his efforts in his campaign – as well as giving the Florida Governor’s wife Casey a shoutout for her hard work.
The former president told New Hampshire: ‘He ran a great campaign, I will tell you.
‘He left the campaign trail today and he was very gracious and he endorsed me, so I appreciate it.
‘I look forward to working with Ron to defeat crooked Joe Biden.’
Trump spoke about his current indictments with jest – as MAGA crowds cheered him on. He joked: ‘I got indicted more than Alphonse Capone.’
He also vowed to crack down on the fentanyl crisis in the US, as well as shutting down DEI systems across the country and stopping men playing in women’s sports.
Trump said: ‘We’re never going back to the days of globalist RINOs who promise border security.
‘Nikki Haley, globalist, will never secure the border or stop the fentanyl that is killing thousands of New Hampshire citizens.
‘The Radical Left Democrats are supporting Nikki for a very simple reason—because they know she’s easy to beat. She’s unelectable.
‘If you want a losing candidate who puts America last, vote for Nikki Haley.’
Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley (left), with New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu (right), informs attendees at a campaign event at Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook, New Hampshire that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has quit the presidential race
As he took to the stage in Rochester, Donald Trump told crowds tonight: ‘I want to congratulate Ron on doing a very great job’
Upon hearing the news that DeSantis had quit the presidential race, Nikki Haley said Sunday ‘may the best woman win.’
The news came as Haley was addressing potential supporters at Brown’s Lobster Pound in Seabrook, New Hampshire with the state’s Gov. Chris Sununu at her side.
Haley is campaigning in the Granite State after banning DailyMail.com reporters and photographers from all her events over reporting on alleged affairs.
The former U.N. ambassador received cheers when she announced that DeSantis had called it quits Sunday afternoon – endorsing former President Donald Trump in a video message on his way out.
‘I want to say to Ron, he ran a great race, he’s been a good governor and we wish him well,’ Haley said. ‘Having said that, it’s now one fella and one lady left.’
In turn, DeSantis kicked Haley as he walked out the door.
He said Trump had his endorsement ‘because we can’t go back to the old Republican guard of yesteryear, a repackaged form of warmed over corporatism that Nikki Haley represents.’
Haley told CNN’s Dana Bash that DeSantis didn’t give her a heads up that he was leaving the race.
‘No, he didn’t call or inform me. And, look, this is what the fellows do,’ she said, adding that she ‘doesn’t take politics personally.’
DeSantis’ exit turns the Republican primary race into a tussle between frontrunner Trump and underdog Haley.