On Wednesday, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley publicly endorsed former President Donald Trump despite previously criticizing his leadership and policies on foreign affairs, immigration and the economy.

Haley, who dropped out of the 2024 presidential race over two months ago, has previously criticized Trump, calling him “too old,” “chaotic,” “unhinged” and short-tempered to become president again.

Following her loss in the Republican primary in her home state of South Carolina earlier this year, Haley argued that many Republicans surrendered to “the herd mentality,” saying, “Many of the same politicians who now publicly embrace Trump privately dread him. They know what a disaster he’s been and will continue to be for our party.”

Haley has also previously stated that Trump will not be able to defeat President Joe Biden.

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In response, Trump frequently mocked Haley throughout her short-lived campaign, giving her the nickname “birdbrain.”

Despite these criticisms, Haley told the Hudson Institute during her first public remark since exiting the Republican presidential primary that she would vote for Trump.

In outlining her priorities for voting, she emphasized the importance of electing a president who will “support our allies,” secure the border and uphold capitalism and freedom.

Haley clarified, “Trump has not been perfect on these policies. I have made that clear many, many times. But Biden has been a catastrophe.”

Haley noted that Trump still needs to win over voters who supported her during her primary campaign.

“Trump would be smart to reach out to the millions of people who supported me and continue to support me,” she said, “And not assume that they’re just going to be with him.”

Since Haley suspended her campaign, tens of thousands of GOP primary voters have continued to support her. Her vote totals highlight Haley’s appeal to Republicans who dislike Trump and are seeking an alternative candidate.

Despite Haley’s continued support, Trump has yet to make any to appeal to her voters. However, Biden signaled his intention to target this group of wavering GOP voters.

In a fundraiser in Georgia over the weekend, Biden said, “There’s always going to be a place for Haley voters in my campaign.”

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