The photo tells it all. That’s Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy and that’s his attitude. Always.
I wasn’t going to watch the Republican candidates’ debate tonight, but it came on while I was fixing dinner, so I started listening.
The opening question was why should the candidate be the nominee instead of ex-president Trump, who was not in attendance. When moderator Lester Holt turned to Ramaswamy, the candidate, instead of answering the question, launched immediately into an attack on Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who was in the audience:
Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022, no red wave. That never came. We got trounced last night in 2023, and I think that we have to have accountability in our party. For that matter, Ronna, if you want to come on stage tonight, you want to look the GOP voters in the eye and tell them you resign. I will turn over my time to you.
He went on to attack the three moderators sitting in front of him:
This should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk. We’d have 10 times the viewership asking questions that GOP primary voters actually care about, bringing more people into our party.
We’ve got Kristen Welker here. You think Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld [a Fox News commentator] to host a Democratic debate? They wouldn’t do it! Kristen, I’m going to use this time because it’s actually about you, and the media and the corrupt media establishment. Ask you the Trump-Russia collusion hoax that you pushed on this network for years! Was that real? Or was that Hillary Clinton made up disinformation? Answer the question. Go.
And it didn’t end there.
My jaw dropped. I had to consciously close my mouth as he kept speaking. My first thought was “get that jerk off the stage. Kick him out.” But of course the network couldn’t do that in the middle of its own live broadcast.
And Ramaswamy knew it.
Here’s the video. Judge for yourself:
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