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THREATS: Nikki Haley requests Secret Service protection on campaign trail

THREATS: Nikki Haley requests Secret Service protection on campaign trail

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Amidst a significant increase in threats against her, Nikki Haley filed the necessary forms to seek Secret Service protection while she is campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Haley campaign confirmed the request in an interview with The Wall Street Journal late in the day Monday. The Daily Beast quickly confirmed the request.

As the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Haley is familiar with intense jobs that come with an element of risk. Haley told The Wall Street Journal that the campaign had experienced “multiple issues” concerning security.

Of late, protestors brought events in New Hampshire to a halt with their disruptions, and campaign security ended up having to wrestle a woman to the ground as she tried to run at the stage at a Haley event in South Carolina just this week.

The Journal cited Haley’s increasing direct criticism of Donald Trump — something that inspires particularly dangerous reactions amongst Trump’s MAGA cult — as a possible basis for the increased risk. There is also speculation about Haley’s hostile position towards Iran.

Something is bothering the Haley campaign, and they don’t want to come out and say it. According to the Daily Beast’s report:

“Haley’s campaign did not elaborate on the reasons behind its call for Secret Service protection. Normally, presidential candidates do not receive the agency’s protection until they have mathematically clinched a major party’s nomination. The notable exception to the norm was former President Barack Obama when he was a senator during his 2008 campaign.”

Being a U.S. Senator will necessitate some increased protection. Being the first Black U.S. Senator running for president will also invite a “never be too sure attitude.”

The independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seemed a bit confused about the policy regarding providing Secret Service protection for candidates before the conventions. He stated, “Every presidential administration for 55 years has afforded early protection to candidates who requested it. The Biden administration is the sole outlier.”

Kennedy made that statement last October but that was at the point in time that he switched from seeking the Democratic nomination to going independent. Perhaps he just wanted to pour some cold water on President Biden on his way out the door.

I have never worked in the Secret Service, and I just missed out on eligibility for the presidency — having been born in Canada and all (Like Ted Cruz!), but I hazard a guess that the decision as to whom to grant Secret Service protection falls well below a President’s desk and is left to a Cabinet Secretary or lower.

It is, however, important. The United States of America simply must be able to have free and fair elections without the threat of violence toward any of the candidates — any of them.

If Haley receives Secret Service protection, she will have to change the type of events she does and likely be less spontaneous. But she is not letting that little matter stomp out the tiny candle that represents her increasingly futile campaign.

“It’s not going to stop me from doing what I need to do,” Hakey said.

Secret Service protection has never stopped a candidate from dropping out.

This report is based on original reporting by The Wall Street Journal and Jake Lahut of the Daily Beast.

I can be reached at jasonmiciak@gmail.com and on X @JasonMiciak.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.

Jason Miciak
Jason Miciak is an associate editor and opinion writer for Occupy Democrats. He's a Canadian-American who grew up in the Pacific Northwest. He is a trained attorney, but for the last five years, he's devoted his time to writing political news and analysis. He enjoys life on the Gulf Coast as a single dad to a 15-year-old daughter. Hobbies include flower pots, cooking, and doing what his daughter tells him they're doing. Sign up to get all of my posts by email right here:

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