WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley laughed at herself for a while campaign misstepbut its main target during a “Saturday Night Live” the appearance was Donald Trump, joining in a skit that mocked a replacement for the former president over his refusal to debate with her and questioned his mental form.
“I had a lot of fun tonight on SNL! Know that Donald’s bedtime was past, so I’m looking forward to the stream of disjointed tweets in the morning,” Haley posted on X, formerly Twitter, early Sunday.
The segment is a mock CNN town hall with Trump in Columbia, South Carolina, which hosts the next nominating contest on February 24. Kenan Thompson and Punkie Johnson of “SNL” play hosts Charles Barkley and Gayle King, respectively, and James Austin Johnson is Trump.
Haley, a former governor of South Carolina, is an audience member who is introduced as “someone who describes herself as a concerned South Carolina voter” when called upon to question the candidate.
“My question is, why aren’t you debating Nikki Haley? ” she asks.
Trump, the front-runner for the nomination, has avoided all debates so far in the campaign, and Haley is his last major rival.
“Oh my God, it’s her, the woman who was in charge of security on January 6. It’s Nancy Pelosi,” replies the actor.
During a campaign speech in New Hampshire last month, Trump repeatedly appeared to confuse Haley, who was his U.N. ambassador, with Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, a former House speaker. Trump had falsely claimed that Haley was responsible for security at the Capitol on January 6, 2021, when Trump supporters stormed the building.
The United States Capitol Police are responsible for security on the Capitol grounds and the protection of Congress, alongside the House and Senate Sergeants-at-Arms. Trump has accused Pelosi of refusing the security he claims his administration was providing, but a House select committee that investigated the siege found no evidence to support that claim.
After the town hall…