Potential Rivals Diss Donald Trump at CPAC

Former South Carolina Republican Governor Nikki Haley speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on November 19, 2022. (Photo by Wade Vandervort / AFP) (Photo by WADE VANDERVORT/AFP via Getty Images)
  • An unofficial commandment at the Conservative Political Action Conference – thou shalt not dis Donald Trump – was broken Friday by two Republicans who may end up facing off against each other and the former president in the 2024 Republican primary.
  • Mike Pompeo, Trump’s former secretary of state and a potential 2024 contender, directly scolded Trump for the $8 trillion added to the national debt during his administration. Pompeo also made more oblique comments that could easily be seen as a swipe against his former boss.
  • Announced 2024 candidate Nikki Haley, who served as Trump’s ambassador to the U.N., reminded the crowd at the Trump-loving event that she thought politicians over 75 should be required to take a mental competency test.
  • That very clearly applies to President Joe Biden, whom she targeted in her speech, but it also would demand that the 76-year-old former president prove his mental acuity as well.