Since before his upset ascent to the White House after the 2016 campaign, former President Donald Trump refused to comply with the long established expectation that presidential candidates release their tax returns.
Trump vowed to release them if he was elected, then said he couldn't because he was under audit. For years, Trump sued to block everyone from congressional investigators to district attorneys from seeing his financial records. The slivers that have become public knowledge reveal a failed businessman hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Trump has recently lost multi-year court battles attempting to shield these records.
Trump's shadiness around his financial records was one of the earliest red flags of his presidency.
After his inauguration, Trump appointed former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to serve as his United Nations Ambassador. Though she eventually left the administration, Haley—once considered a moderate, and who opposed Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries—has embraced his doctrine and the rightward swing it's imposed on the GOP. Only seldolmy has she gently rebuked him.
That's why recent comments made by Haley demanding a cognitive test for older elected officials raised eyebrows.
In a recent interview for the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Haley said:
"[W]e seriously need to have a conversation that if you're gonna have anyone above a certain age in a position of power — whether it's the House, whether it's the Senate, whether it's vice president, whether it's president — you should have some sort of cognitive test. Just like you have to show your tax returns, you should have some sort of health screening so that people have faith in what you're doing."
Haley's comments regarding tax returns prompted people to remind Haley about her former boss.
Some wondered if Haley was intending to tacitly call out Trump.
Haley is considered a possible contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.