Beyond that, Trump told his own lies to bolster his claim the media was lying about these comments. He tweeted
Thursday that he never called McCain a “loser,” even offering to “swear on whatever, or whoever, I was asked to swear on” to support his statement. In reality, Trump called McCain a loser
in 2015 at a public event and in one of his tweets.
But none of that mattered to Haley, who served as Trump’s UN ambassador until she abruptly resigned
in 2018. She defended Trump in her take-down-this-ad tweet
, writing she had “witnessed the tremendous amount of love and respect he has for our military.”
It seems that Haley, who has long been mentioned as a possible future GOP presidential candidate, has decided that defending Trump at all costs is her best political play. Even Graham has not defended Trump
regarding these comments. Haley could be right within the GOP given that Trump has remained very popular throughout his presidency with Republican voters, with a recent Quinnipiac University poll finding 90% of GOP voters
approving of Trump’s job as President. But with Trump’s overall approval rating
per a recent CNN poll at an anemic 41%, that’s a big gamble to take.
How this plays out for Haley is still unclear. But the warning from Lindsey Graham
during the 2016 election — made when he was still willing to speak out against Trump — may finally turn out to be accurate after the votes are counted this election: “If we nominate Trump, we will get destroyed … and we will deserve it.”
If that’s the case, Haley’s defense of Trump in this scandal may end up destroying her future political ambitions as well. And she, too, would deserve it.