[guest post by Dana]
Get excited! Time for a new generation.
Let’s do this! 👊 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/BD5k4WY1CP
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) February 14, 2023
She concludes her announcement with what could easily be seen as a shot across Donald Trump’s bow, given how well he deals with women who challenge him:
You should know this about me: I don’t put up with bullies. And when you kick back, it hurts them more if you’re wearing heels.
Since Haley is the only other Republican who has made an official announcement, it stands to reason that Trump will focus his attention on her. But I don’t think he sees her as any great threat, not like he would Ron DeSantis if he runs.
Anyway, a few interesting observations over at FiveThirtyEight:
Haley’s presidential bid isn’t just significant because she’s the first candidate to openly challenge Trump. As a child of Indian immigrants, she’s also the first woman of color — and the fifth woman ever — to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Haley’s race and gender are particularly noteworthy because Republican women of color are rare in elected office, although their numbers did grow after the 2020 election. The fact that she’s going up against Trump will sharpen the contrast, particularly if he uses the racist and sexist attacks he’s employed against past challengers. Haley’s candidacy will be a high-profile test of how a woman of color is received by Republican primary voters…As we’ve written for the site, the dearth of women among Republican politicians’ ranks is due to two self-reinforcing problems: They’re less likely to run for office, and when they do run, they face significant barriers in the form of voter stereotypes and a lack of institutional support.
The chair of the DNC responded to Haley’s announcement:
— Averi Harper (@AveriHarper) February 14, 2023