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Nikki Haskell attends the special event for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hosted by Brett Ratner and David Raymond at Hilhaven Lodge on August 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Getty Images for RatPac Entertainment's "In Harm?s Way" Event)


Socialite Nikki Haskell says she ‘will never have another friend’ after supporting Trump

By WITW Staff on February 27, 2017

Nikki Haskell, television personality/fitness guru/perennial socialite, says she has been ostracized by her friends because she supported Donald Trump.

In an interview with The New York Times, Haskell, 75, claimed that she is afraid of being attacked by protesters when she walks down the street in New York City. But perhaps even more acute is her fear that supporting Trump has irreparably damaged her reputation.

“I’m trying to get a television show on the air, which will never happen in this environment,” she said. “I’ll never have another friend. Nobody’s going to speak to me.”

Haskell began her career as a stockbroker—she was one of few women who worked on Wall Street during the 1960s—and has long been a fixture of elite social circles in New York and Los Angeles. She first met Donald Trump at a private Manhattan club in 1974.

Though she was a registered Democrat, Haskell publicly threw her support behind Trump during the 2016 election campaign. In a notably controversial interview with Politico, she said of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s aide, “I don’t think we should have a Muslim in power, someone working for the president.”

Haskell also told the Times that although “nothing would make [her] happier in the whole world than to see Hillary Clinton as president,” she believed society is too “anti-woman” to accept a female president.

Though she has lost “a couple of very close friends” due to her political stance, Haskell doesn’t seem to have been entirely deterred from her mission to support the president. One of her most recent Facebook posts was a link to a New York Post article titled, “Trump’s first days in office have gone smoother than Reagan’s.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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