Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y) is insisting that Donald Trump did not confuse Nikki Haley with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in New Hampshire Friday night despite video evidence.
At a rally in Concord, New Hampshire Friday night, Trump accused Haley–who has never served in Congress–of denying his request to bring in the National Guard to the Capitol before the Jan. 6 insurrection.
“By the way, they never report the crowd on Jan. 6. You know Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, Nikki Haley, you know, they — do you know they destroyed all of the information, all of the evidence, everything, deleted and destroyed all of it. All of it,” Trump claimed. “Because of lots of things like Nikki Haley is in charge of security we offered her 10,000 people, soldiers, National Guards, whatever they want. They turned it down. They don’t want to talk about that. These are very dishonest people.”
But, in an interview with NBC News Saturday, Stefanik claims it was “not a mix-up” at all.
“The reality is Nikki Haley is relying on Democrats, just like Nancy Pelosi, to try to have a desperate showing,” Stefanik said.
“President Trump has not lost a step,” she added. “He is a stronger candidate” now than in 2016.
Haley was not so sycophantic. She sees the former president’s latest gaffe as another reason why he is unfit to serve another term in the White House.
“Last night Trump is at a rally and he’s going on and on mentioning me multiple times as to why I didn’t take security [seriously] during the Capitol riot, why I didn’t handle Jan. 6 better,” she said at a campaign stop in New Hampshire. “Why didn’t he know Jan. 6 better? I wasn’t even in D.C. on Jan. 6. I wasn’t in office then.”
“They’re saying he got confused, that he was talking about something else,” she continued. “He’s talking about Nancy Pelosi. He mentioned me multiple times in that scenario.”
Trump and his allies have been accusing Haley of relying on Democrats for help in the New Hampshire primary.
That is not true.
“Registered Democrats cannot vote in the Republican primary, and registered Republicans cannot vote in the Democratic primary,” New Hampshire Secretary of State David Scanlan told CNN. “We’ve been pretty clear about the process.”