Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) called former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley a “Bush in heels,” comparing the newly-minted Presidential campaign to the more traditional Republican figure of former President George W. Bush.
Taking to Twitter, Greene said the South Carolina Republican is “just another George (or Jeb!) Bush.”
She then pointed out all of Haley’s flaws, saying, “She is weak on the border,” noting that Haley was against building a wall along the Southern border.
She also claimed that Haley had called, “Legal Immigrants are more patriotic than most [modern day] Americans,” before criticizing the South Carolina Republican’s defense of former President Barack Obama’s “terrible open-borders policy.”
Greene’s comments came after Haley officially announced her entry into the Presidential race on Wednesday (February 15).
Greene was joined by many other conservatives aligned with former President Donald Trump, who also expressed criticism of Haley following the announcement.
Greene used her criticism to tie Haley to the Bush family, which has fallen out of favor among many Republican voters, especially so-called MAGA Republicans.
Greene also used her attack toward Haley to link her to another disliked Republican, former Congresswoman Liz Cheney, saying, “If [Republicans] wanted a ‘Bush in heels,’ [they] would vote for Liz Cheney.”
For her part, Haley is framing herself as an alternative to Trump and current GOP leadership, stumping for a “new generation” of leaders to take the party’s reigns.
At her launch event, Haley explained being “ready to move past stale ideas” and the GOP’s “fades names of the past” and onto “a new generation to lead us into the future.”