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Haley Campaign Press Release - Welcome to South Carolina, Donald Trump

February 14, 2024

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Nikki Haley for President campaign welcomed Donald Trump on his second trip to South Carolina in 80 days. The mobile billboard will display a video highlighting Trump's long history of insulting men and women in uniform.

Watch the video here.

As a military spouse, Nikki Haley knows the sacrifices our military members and families make for America. As a lifelong South Carolinian, she knows her state and its deep ties to the military. While Trump is getting up to speed, he should remember that the Palmetto State is home to Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, U.S. Army Fort Jackson, the Citadel, Shaw Air Force Base, and has one of the largest state National Guard presences in the country. South Carolinians have a deep respect for soldiers, sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardians. Under Nikki Haley's leadership, the state was ranked "most patriotic" in the country.

"Donald Trump has a bad habit of insulting our troops and mocking disabled veterans and fallen soldiers," said Haley communications director Nachama Soloveichik. "He can't fathom their service and sacrifice because Donald Trump is all about himself. How can he be commander in chief when he can't muster an ounce of respect for the men and women who keep our country safe?"

Meanwhile, in Charleston, General Don Bolduc, a retired Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, who served ten tours of duty in Afghanistan, hosted a press conference highlighting the negative impact that Trump's derogatory comments have on military families. Donald Trump's greatest hits are included here and below.

  • "Suckers and losers" – Trump on fallen soldiers, 2018

  • "Look, I don't want any wounded guys in the parade. This doesn't look good for me." – Trump on having wounded veterans in his July 4th parade, 2017

  • "I don't get it. What was in it for them?" – Trump on soldiers buried in Arlington National Cemetery, 2017

  • "Wouldn't it have been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that? Wouldn't it have been nice?" – Trump on Bill Mcraven, Navy Seal who oversaw the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, 2018

  • "Let's take John McCain… He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured. – Trump, 2015

  • "??Why do you bring people like that here? No one wants to see that, the wounded." – Trump on a wounded Army captain signing "God Bless America," 2019

  • "They come within an inch of my face sometimes, they want to hug me and they want to kiss me. And they do. And frankly, I'm not telling them to back up. I'm not doing it, but obviously it's a dangerous thing, I guess, if you go by the COVID thing." – Trump blaming Gold Star families for catching Covid, 2020

  • "If you have any guilt about not having gone to Vietnam, we have our own Vietnam. It's called the dating game." – Trump, 1989

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Welcome to South Carolina, Donald Trump Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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