Far-right Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene jabbed at fellow Republican Nikki Haley on Twitter Wednesday, calling the former South Carolina Governor a “Bush in heels.”
“Nikki Haley is just another George (or Jeb!) Bush,” Greene said on Twitter. “She is weak on the border, doesn’t want a wall, claimed ‘Legal Immigrants are more patriotic than most Americans these days,’ and she defended Obama when Pres. Trump criticized his terrible open-borders policy.”
“If we wanted a ‘Bush in heels,’ Republicans would vote for Liz Cheney,” she added.
The comment on Twitter came a day after the former Trump official announced her 2024 GOP presidential candidacy.
Haley officially announced her campaign for the White House this week, which has quickly faced backlash from conservatives aligned with former President Trump.
Trump was once Haley’s boss, as the ex-governor served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under Trump. Now Haley is pitted against her former boss in the battle for the Republican nomination.
Controversial Rep. Taylor Greene represents a far-right sector of the Republican party, while Haley represents a more traditional wing of the G.O.P.
Haley made her announcement in a video posted to her Twitter account on Tuesday, highlighting her background as a daughter of Indian immigrants and pointing out that the GOP has lost the popular vote “in seven of the last eight presidential elections.”
Haley’s announcement was accompanied by a campaign video in which she tossed out what experts and commentators called “some classic culture-war red meat”.
Shortly after Nikki Haley announced her campaign for president on Tuesday, footage was released showing the Republican former South Carolina governor saying states have the right to secede from the union.
“I think that they do,” Haley said in the footage, which Patriot Takes, an anonymously run social media account and fundraising Pac which claims to “monitor and expos[e] rightwing extremism and other threats to democracy”, said came from 2010 and featured an unnamed neo-Confederate group.