What does Nikki Haley think of Donald Trump and Joe Biden? She’s running against one for the GOP primary, hoping to face the other in the general election, so obviously, she does not believe either should be president. But in a new ad campaign being released this week, the former South Carolina governor tells us how she really feels: namely, that both men are decrepit, doddering old fools.
Yes, in a series of new spots the Haley campaign plans to start rolling out on Wednesday, Trump and Biden are depicted as “Grumpy Old Men,” a reference to the 1993 movie starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. According to The New York Times, the spots will include online videos, digital ads, and voter emails—and will “take shots at, among other things, her rivals’ signs of mental confusion, their light presence on the campaign trail, and their economic policies leading to high inflation.” Some episode titles include “Stumbling Seniors,” “Basement Buddies,” and “Profligate Pols.”
In a statement, a spokeswoman for Haley’s campaign said, “Nearly 50% of Republicans and 70% of Americans don’t want to watch grumpy old men stumble across America when our country is on the brink and the world is on fire. Sadly, this version of grumpy old men offers no comic relief—just chaos, confusion, and a bad sense of déjà vu for the American people.”
Last February, without directly naming Trump (or Biden), Haley called for compulsory competency tests for elected officials over 75, saying, “In the America I see, the permanent politician will finally retire.” Earlier this month, she questioned Trump’s mental fitness after he appeared to confuse her with Nancy Pelosi. “They’re saying he got confused, that he was talking about something else, he’s talking about Nancy Pelosi,” Haley said in Keene, New Hampshire. “The concern I have is—I’m not saying anything derogatory—but when you’re dealing with the pressures of the presidency, we can’t have someone else that we question whether they’re mentally fit to do this.” Later, she added: “My parents are up in age, and I love them dearly. But when you see them hit a certain age, there is a decline. That’s a fact—ask any doctor, there is a decline.”
Haley attempts to explain why she voted not once, but twice for Donald Trump