Late last year, after Trump had lost the White House, Haley felt that he was getting bad advice from bad people who were filling his head with fantasies, she felt he was losing touch with reality, so she called him to make sure he was ok because he was her friend.
She felt that Trump genuinely believed that he had been cheated out of the election, according to Politico.
“I understand the president. I understand that genuinely, to his core, he believes he was wronged,” Haley said. “This is not him making it up.”
But Trump, or the bad people he was listening to, was making it up. He lost more than 50 cases and won only one and that one was inconsequential. Every state had certified the results of the election and had sent those results to the Electoral College.
“There’s nothing that you’re ever going to do that’s going to make him feel like he legitimately lost the election,” Haley said. “He’s got a big bully pulpit. He should be responsible with it.”
When asked if Trump was being responsible with it, she told Politico that “He believes it.”
Now, Haley says that the Republican Party, including herself, were wrong to have followed Trump.
“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” Haley said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.”
Haley said that she had not talked to Trump since the Capitol insurrection and has expressed her disappointment in Trump and her anger over his condemnation of Mike Pence.
“When I tell you I’m angry, it’s an understatement,” Haley told Politico. “I am so disappointed in the fact that [despite] the loyalty and friendship he had with Mike Pence, that he would do that to him. Like, I’m disgusted by it.”
Haley had previously condemned Trump in a speech to the Republican National Committee, telling them that was “badly wrong with his words” prior to the Capitol insurrection. She went on to say that “It wasn’t just his words. His actions since Election Day will be judged harshly by history.”