United States – Republican candidate Nikki Haley, on Tuesday, committed to push on with her long-shot presidential bid when she said, “we don’t anoint kings in this country” and that she had no plan to withdraw from the race after the Saturday nomination exercise was held in South Carolina.

“I feel no need to kiss the ring. And I have no fear of Trump’s retribution,” she said in a speech at Greenville, South Carolina where she is certainly at the losing end to ex-President Donald Trump this weekend.

Challenges and Trump’s Dominance

Trump has an overwhelming national lead in national polls, and her allies have increased the pressure on Haley to abandon the race after losing the first four primary contests by a scant margin. Her persistence in carrying on with her White House bid has prompted Trump’s campaign to take offense and to make fun of her, and to threaten to block the donors who still financially support her.

On Tuesday, Haley criticized Trump during her speech saying he is too old, divisive and narcissist to be an effective leader. She also voiced her displeasure with his past of rejecting military veterans and when mentioning her husband, Michael Haley, a service member who is away, she even broke down.

She did, however, clarify that she did not support “Never Trumper.” She claimed to have “countless” concerns with Democratic President Joe Biden, but just “handful” issues with the former president.

Haley’s Critique of Trump

“We don’t anoint kings in this country. We have elections,” Haley said in her speech. “That’s why I refuse to quit. South Carolina will vote on Saturday. But on Sunday, I’ll still be running for president. I’m not going anywhere.”

Haley’s Political Stance

Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina between 2011 and 2017, polls like 60 points behind Trump nationally, according to an average kept by the website FiveThirtyEight. On Tuesday, the Trump campaign released a memo stating that if the former president gains the nomination by March 12 by using the current data, he will clinch it mathematically.

Haley employed the speech in part to retort those who continue to claim that she is injuring Trump by staying in the race. She said most of Trump’s problems are self-inflicted.

If her campaign were oriented towards raising her political profile to embark on a presidential run in four years, Haley would have already dropped out.

Haley’s rich investors have now shifted their focus onto several states and territories that vote in early March, which are home to many well-educated suburbanites. That group constituted Haley’s main voting bloc in the opening primary contests.

Strategic Leadership Teams

Over and above, Haley’s campaign itself has already appointed leadership teams in at least seven states with “Super Tuesday” voting on March 5 as well as a leadership team in Georgia which will conduct voting on March 12.