Columbia, SC— The mother of Otto Warmbier, who died in North Korea's captivity in 2017, is supporting Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley in New Hampshire before Tuesday's primary.
In a three-minute TV commercial slated to broadcast Monday, Cindy Warmbier says Haley, then-U.N. ambassador, “told us to be loud and fight back, to fight for justice, to fight for ourselves, and to fight for Otto.”
Nearly a year ago, Cindy Warmbier spoke at Haley's presidential campaign kickoff in Charleston, South Carolina. In June 2017, Cindy Warmbier's 22-year-old son, who was released by North Korea in a coma after over a year and a half, died days after returning to the US
A University of Virginia student from Ohio was sentenced to 15 years with hard labor for trying to steal a propaganda flag while on a tour.
A good result in New Hampshire might help Haley in her home state of South Carolina, which has historically influenced the nominee. South Carolina's primary is Feb. 24.
After losing Monday's Iowa caucuses to former President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Haley called her campaign a “two-person race” with Trump.
Haley's campaign noted in the ad that while Trump “played an important role in bringing Otto's body home and holding North Korea accountable,” he overshadowed that accomplishment by praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, absolving him of Warmbier's death. Trump stated in 2019 he accepted Kim “at his word” that he was ignorant of the American student's maltreatment.
Once out of his government, Haley contradicted him on social media, writing that “Americans know the cruelty that was placed on Otto Warmbier by the North Korean regime.”