GOP Rep Draws The Line On Donald Trump In Most Head-Scratching Way

Of all the things the former president has said and done, it was this that "really surprised" South Carolina's Ralph Norman.

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) on Wednesday suggested he had no problem with the derogatory nicknames that Donald Trump gives his opponents and perceived enemies.

They are “actually funny,” Norman told CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Norman also said he liked Trump “as a person” and loved his policies.

But the South Carolina Republican said Trump had crossed the line by attacking his Republican presidential primary rival, Nikki Haley, in his New Hampshire GOP primary victory speech.

In his address, Trump accused Haley of acting as if she had won and criticized her outfit. He also mocked Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), his former rival who’d joined him on stage, for endorsing him despite Scott being appointed to his Senate seat by Haley.

Norman, who has endorsed Haley, said he didn’t understand why the twice-impeached Trump had done such a thing.

It was “a little bit more cutting and it really surprised me, really,” he said to Collins. “I mean, to make fun of someone’s dress and the way Tim Scott, ‘he must hate Nikki,’ I didn’t understand that. But look, Donald Trump has been successful. He can say what he wants and you’re not going to change him, I’ll tell you that.”

Norman also doubled down on his only regret about urging the Trump White House to declare martial law in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 insurrection: that he incorrectly spelled it as “Marshall Law” in a text to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Watch the interview here:

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