Memorial Day takes place annually on the last Monday of May to honor and mourn United States military personnel who died in the line of duty.
Harris tweeted on Sunday morning, hours before Haley’s criticism, about the meaning of the national holiday.
“Throughout our history our service men and women have risked everything to defend our freedoms and our country. As we prepare to honor them on Memorial Day, we remember their service and their sacrifice,” she said.
For her part, Haley had not tweeted about the Memorial Day holiday as of Sunday night.
Republicans with presidential ambitions are looking for ways to campaign without angering former President Donald Trump.
While Trump mulls his political comeback, ambitious contenders are throwing themselves into House races in states with early primaries and caucuses to “put themselves out there” for 2024, the media outlet reported.
“They’re trying to figure out, how do you lay the groundwork without being seen as may be trying to push the president out of the way?” former Rep. Greg Walden, an ex-chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, told Politico.
“Until President Trump decides what he’s going to do, I think they can be helpful in House races in their own ways and keep focused on that and not run afoul of the big elephant in the room,” Walden added.
Cotton, seen as a possible contender for the GOP nomination, is heading to Iowa this summer to launch a string of House fundraising campaigns, according to Politico.
Pompeo visited the state in Spring to show his Iowa Rep. Ashley Hinson support, the media outlet noted.
In New Hampshire, the home of the second nominating contest in the Republican presidential primaries, the aspiring contenders have started to throw their weight behind Republican parachute candidate Matt Mowers. Mowers has hosted virtual events with both Pompeo and Cotton, Politico said.
In a 685-word Wall Street Journal op-ed published Thursday, Nikki Haley accused the political press of having a “calculated strategy” to divide the Republican Party over former President Donald Trump.
Ostensibly outlining her vision for the future of the GOP, Haley’s argument in the op-ed is an implicit rebuttal of a recent Politico profile by Tim Alberta that examined her “fundamental conflict” as a 2024 hopeful who is “still trying to have it both ways” with Trump’s legacy.
Haley, a former US Ambassador to the United Nations, wrote that the “liberal media doesn’t care” about the future of the party and is trying to “pit conservatives against one another.”
“It wants to stoke a nonstop Republican civil war,” she wrote. “The media playbook starts with the demand that everyone pick sides about Donald Trump – either love or hate everything about him. The moment anyone on the right offers the slightest criticism of the 45th president, the media goes berserk: Republicans are trying to have it both ways!”
“It’s a calculated strategy to pit conservatives against one another,” Haley continued. “It’s also a ridiculous false choice. Real life is never that simple. Someone can do both good and bad things.”
Throughout the Politico piece, Haley kept deflecting, with Alberta coming to the conclusion of “a simple truth: She is still trying to have it both ways.” In her WSJ op-ed, Haley took issue with that descriptor.
“Praising Trump’s record and criticizing his conduct isn’t ‘having it both ways.’ It’s simply common sense,” reads the article’s sub-headline.
“We separate into two camps that always hate each other,” Haley wrote later in the piece. “We become estranged from family and friends over politics.
“Is that really what the anti-Trump media wants? Maybe,” she continued. “Hatred and polarization draw attention, ratings and clicks. But what’s good for them is bad for America.”
Later in the op-ed, Haley delivers her assessment of the GOP’s standing after Democrats retook the White House and Senate in the last election cycle, giving them control of both chambers of Congress along with the presidency for the first time in a decade.
“We can’t go back to the pre-Trump GOP. Those days are over, and they should be,” she wrote. “But we lost our majorities in the House and Senate, and we’ve lost the national popular vote in seven of the past eight presidential elections. Surely there’s room for improvement as a party. We should embrace the successes of the Trump presidency and recognize the need to attract more support.
Haley continued: “Here’s my take: Most of Mr. Trump’s major policies were outstanding and made America stronger, safer and more prosperous. Many of his actions since the election were wrong and will be judged harshly by history. That’s not a contradiction. It’s common sense.”
On Wednesday, Haley requested to meet with Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, but was rejected by the former president, according to Politico Playbook.
The former UN ambassador also addressed Trump’s election fraud conspiracy theories.
“Mr. Trump’s legal team failed to prove mass election fraud in court,” she wrote. “But election security is still urgently needed. If you have to show photo ID to buy Sudafed or get on a plane, you should have to show photo ID when voting in person or by mail. Again, these statements don’t contradict each other. They’re obviously true.”
After getting through the media criticism, Haley outlined where she stands with Trump going forward.
“I will gladly defend the bulk of the Trump record and his determination to shake up the corrupt status quo in Washington,” she said. “I will never defend the indefensible. I didn’t do that when I served alongside President Trump, and I’m not going to start now.”
“If that means I want to have it ‘both ways,’ so be it,” Haley added. “It’s really the only way forward-for the party and the country.”