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JPMorgan Chase CEO Urges Democrats to Consider Nikki Haley as Trump Alternative, Drawing Criticism from GOP Rivals

The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, has recently sparked controversy by urging Democrats to support GOP presidential candidate Nikki Haley as an alternative to front-runner Donald Trump. Dimon made these remarks at the 2023 DealBook Summit, emphasizing the importance of giving Democrats a choice on the Republican side.

This endorsement from Wall Street has drawn criticism from her primary rivals, who question her conservative credentials.

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Haley has been making significant progress in the GOP primary polls in recent weeks, surpassing DeSantis for second place in New Hampshire and gaining ground in her home state of South Carolina, which will hold the first Southern contest.

She has also reached a tie with DeSantis in some of the latest polls in Iowa, where the GOP nominating calendar will commence on Jan. 15.

In addition to Dimon’s support, Haley has gained major backing in recent weeks. Americans for Prosperity Action, the political arm of the influential and fiscally conservative network founded by the Koch Brothers, has endorsed her.

They have pledged to allocate substantial resources and mobilize their robust grassroots operation to help propel the Republican Party beyond Trump. Wall Street backers, including the CEOs of Morgan Stanley and BlackRock’s Larry Fink, have also expressed admiration for Haley.

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However, these endorsements may have a downside for Haley in the current primary climate, which is more skeptical of big business compared to previous elections. Her rivals intend to use the support of Wall Street and other influential entities as a means to question her conservative values.

The “DeSantis War Room” pointed to Haley’s endorsements from Wall Street, BlackRock, and the Koch Network, suggesting a disconnect from her supposed conservative stance on issues like immigration, fuel taxes, and social media restrictions.

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Team Trump also responded to Dimon’s endorsement, labeling Haley as “Nikki ‘Birdbrain’ Haley” and portraying Dimon’s encouragement as an attempt to get liberals on board. Dimon himself addressed the possibility of Trump potentially becoming president again, stating that he would not openly oppose it and would have to live with that outcome as well.

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