Multimillionaire pharmaceutical executive and current Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took an opportunity during the third GOP debate held Wednesday evenin in Miami, Florida, to tear RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel a new one over the fact that the event could have drawn a bigger viewing audience had the format been different. And that’s not all. He also called on her to step down from her position due to the losses the Republican Party experienced in 2018, 2020, and 2022, alluding to the failure of the “red wave” to materialize during last year’s election.
“Let’s speak the truth,” Ramaswamy said. “Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost in 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 [and] yield my time to you. Frankly, look, the people there are cheering for losing in the Republican Party. Think about who’s moderating this debate. 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 and bringing more people into our party,” he continued, according to Newsmax.
Ramaswamy apparently had quite a number of axes to grind as he also tore into Kristen Welker, the White House correspondent for NBC, who was moderating the debate, stating she’s far too biased to be doing a GOP event.
“We’ve got Kristen Welker here,” Ramaswamy said. “Do you think the Democrats would actually hire [Fox News host] Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate? They wouldn’t do it.”
“Kris, I’m going to use this time because this is actually about you in the media and the corrupt media establishment. 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,” the GOP candidate added.
The crowd gave Ramaswamy a round of applause, however, Welker did attempt to interject but the man was not done.
“This is how we get our country back. We need accountability because this media rigged the 2016 election. They rigged the 2020 election with the Hunter Biden laptop story, and they’re going to rig this election,” he concluded.
Dude came ready to scrap, didn’t he? Wow.
Later in the evening he tore into former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, however, that exchange didn’t really end in his favor. In fact, the crowd booed him for bringing up Haley’s daughter, which, to be fair, is a low blow. That’s the kind of tactic you expect from the left, not a conservative.
Regardless, this was a powerful portion of the debate for the pharmaceutical executive and likely got him some much needed coverage. Is it enough to boost him above Trump in the polls? Not even remotely. But hey, give the man “A” for effort, right?
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