Donald Trump ‘Slapping’ Supporters in the Face: Ex-Official Says

Former President Donald Trump is “slapping” his supporters in the face with his comments about Nikki Haley‘s husband, ex-White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said on Tuesday.

While appearing on CNN This Morning, Scaramucci said that his former boss “believes that the people that support him are actually pro-military, he believes that they’re pro-patriotic.”

“He’s slapping his supporters in the face. He wants to see how hard he can push his supporters to support him,” Scaramucci said of Trump’s remarks about his 2024 opponent’s husband, Michael Haley. “Remember where he’s talked about killing people on 5th Ave and these people will still support him.”

Newsweek reached out to Trump’s spokesperson via email for comment.

The context:

During an event in South Carolina over the weekend, Trump questioned why Haley’s husband had not been involved in the former United Nations ambassador’s 2024 presidential campaign. Michael Haley is a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard and is currently deployed in Africa.

“What happened to her husband?” Trump asked during the speech. “Where is he? He’s gone. He knew. He knew.”

Responding on X, formerly Twitter, Haley said, “Michael is deployed serving our country, something you know nothing about.”

What we know:

Trump currently leads Haley in the 2024 Republican primary and the two are set to face off in the South Carolina primary this month. Haley previously served as the governor of South Carolina and she has lost to Trump in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary this year.

Earlier this month, Haley said that she does not plan to drop out of the 2024 race if she loses to Trump in her home state.

I don’t think we have to win. We have to continue to be competitive. We just have to continue to show that we’re strong, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” Haley said during an interview with Fox News. “We just want to show that we’re competitive.”

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Former President Donald Trump at a rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on January 17. Anthony Scaramucci said Trump is “slapping” his supporters in the face with comments about Nikki Haley’s husband.

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During his CNN appearance, Scaramucci also offered some campaign advice to President Joe Biden in his battle against Trump. With Trump the current Republican frontrunner, a rematch between Biden and Trump could be coming in November.

“President Biden’s gotta get out there and explain what a disaster this guy [Trump] would be if he returned to the presidency,” Scaramucci said. “This would harm the everyday citizen in the United States and it would raise the cost of capital for people here in the United States because we’d have more wars going on.”

What’s next:

A recent tracking poll from Morning Consult found Trump holding just a 1 percentage point lead over Biden in a 2024 hypothetical matchup (43 percent to 42 percent).

A poll from CBS News this month showed Trump holding a 35 percentage point lead over Haley in the 2024 South Carolina primary (65 percent to 30 percent).

Update 2/13/24, 8:05 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information and to reflect that Newsweek reached out to Trump for comment.

Update 2/13/24, 8:52 a.m. ET: This article was updated with additional information.