Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramawamy made several controversial statements during the fourth GOP presidential debate, going so far as to call one of his fellow opponents a “fascist.”
Ramaswamy has taken several shots at his competition on stage — most notably former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley — and taken a lot of incoming fire himself.
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CALLING NIKKI HALEY A ‘FASCIST’
Ramaswamy attacked Haley as a “fascist” earlier in the debate, citing the former United Nations (UN) ambassador’s calls for social media users to “verify their name.”
The GOP presidential candidate said the US is “marching toward fascism under Biden” and that “[Special Counsel] Jack Smith subpoenaed every last retweet someone issued from Donald Trump in 2020.
“The only person more fascist than the Biden regime right now is Nikki Haley, who thinks the government should recognize every single individual with an ID,” Ramaswamy said, prompting boos from crowd.
“That’s not freedom, that’s fascism, he shouldn’t go near the levers of power, especially the White House,” he continued.
Haley walked back her comments after facing backlash, saying she wanted social media companies to be transparent with the American people and reveal their algorithms.
“What do I know, what does anyone know [knows]… Russia, Iran and China, North Korea too, know that the cheapest form of warfare is to spread misinformation. Look at what happened in Israel. You want to know where all the pro-Hamas information comes from? It comes from foreign actors who are sowing chaos and division,” he said in November.
ATTACK ON NIKKI HALEY’S THIRD PARTY
Ramaswamy also attacked Haley’s intelligence on stage, saying she couldn’t name a single province in Ukraine she would send troops to if elected president amid a war with Russia.
The Ohio businessman said Haley and Biden are two of the last “neocons” who support a “senseless war” in Ukraine.
“One thing that Joe Biden and Nikki Haley have in common is that neither of them can articulate for you three provinces in eastern Ukraine that they want to send our troops to actually fight,” Ramaswamy said.
Ramaswamy’s words sparked a response from former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who criticized Ramaswamy for attacking Haley’s intelligence.
Christie slammed Ramaswamy as “America’s most obnoxious blowhard” for his comments and defended Haley as a “smart” and “accomplished woman.”
CHRISTIE SAYS TO HAVE A ‘MEAL’ AND EXITS THE STAGE
The crowd laughed when Ramaswamy told Christie to leave the stage at the presidential debate and get “some food.”
The attack came after Christie blasted Ramaswamy for his comments targeting Haley because of her intelligence,
Ramaswamy fired back at Christie, telling the former Garden State governor to leave the stage, “enjoy a nice meal and get the hell out of this race.”
“Chris, your version of foreign policy experience is closing a bridge from New Jersey to New York,” Ramaswamy said.
“So do everyone a favor: just walk yourself off that stage, enjoy a delicious meal, and get the hell out of this race,” he continued.
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Ramaswamy also turned the stage when he said he was the “only candidate” on stage to raise questions about the January 6 Capitol Riots, Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11, and more.
While Republicans were blasted on stage for former President Trump’s “Monday morning quarterbacking.”
The Ohio businessman said he thinks the January 6 riots looked like an “inside job” and that the US government “lied” to the American people about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in September 11. that Attack.
In addition, Ramaswamy said that the “Great Replacement Theory is not some grand, right-wing conspiracy theory” but “a basic statement of the Democratic Party’s platform” and that 2020 was “stolen by Big Tech.”
Ramaswamy is moving forward in his quest for the Oval Office in a thin GOP field.
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The Ohio businessman will have to battle other remaining Republican candidates for his chance to take on Biden for the presidency.
However, even though he outscored his colleagues on stage, Ramaswamy still trailed behind Trump in the primary.