This valentines day, Nikki Haley, former Republican governor of South Carolina and ambassador to the UN during the Trump administration has launched a bid for President. This is notable because number one, she will be running against her former boss Trump, and two, because she is the first Republican to challenge Trump in the primaries. This came after months of weeks of teasing a bid and Trump publicly saying that he received a call from Haley about the then potential bid. Haley, however, unlike DeSantis, may be a particularly easy candidate for Trump, mostly because she said earlier to her bid that she would not challenge Trump in a primary, making it easy for Republicans to brand her as a flip flopper.
Who is Nikki Haley? Haley was born in South Carolina and was the child of Indian immigrants. She worked a variety of odd jobs until she got into politics, eventually becoming Governor of South Carolina. She quickly became a star in the Republican Party, where she appointed the first African-American Senator in South Carolina history, Tim Scott. Her most notable action was calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag in South Carolina.
After this, she was appointed by Trump to be ambassador to the United Nations in 2017. While she mostly stayed in line with Trump, she differed on the Muslim ban and said Muslims should be allowed travel into the United States. She later resigned in 2018 due to her using private jets for non governmental matters.
Since her resignation, Haley has been involved in a variety of political groups, and has also served on the board of Boeing, which came with controversy due to opponents saying that the company only gave her the role due to Haley supporting favorable policies during her time as governor of South Carolina.
Now, after months of speculation, Haley is running for president. Now, in all honesty, she most likely will not win due to the fact that Trump is so popular. However, we will just have to wait and see.