The recent Republican GOP debate on Wednesday, August 23, witnessed a fiery exchange that thrust entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy into the spotlight. Here’s what happened.
A Fox News Debate
As the evening unfolded, Ramaswamy found himself at the receiving end of jabs and critiques from political heavyweights, leaving viewers with much to dissect.
In the initial moments of the Fox News debate, former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie aimed Ramaswamy.
Pence didn’t mince words when he questioned Ramaswamy’s suitability for the role.
“Now it’s not the time for on-the-job training. We don’t need to bring in a rookie,” Pence asserted, drawing attention to Ramaswamy’s lack of experience.
“Now That Everyone’s Got Their Mesmerized Prepared Slogans Out of the Way, We Can Actually Have a Real Discussion Now”
He added, “We don’t need to bring in people with no experience.”
Ramaswamy, seemingly unflustered by the early attack, responded with his own quip.
“Now that everyone’s got their mesmerized prepared slogans out of the way, we can actually have a real discussion now,” he replied.
As the debate shifted to climate change, Ramaswamy’s stance raised eyebrows and drew criticism, particularly from Chris Christie.
“Climate Change Agenda Is a Hoax”
Ramaswamy boldly declared, “I’m the only person on the stage who isn’t bought and paid for so I can say this – the climate change agenda is a hoax.”
His claim prompted a round of boos from the audience.
Christie didn’t miss an opportunity to weigh in, and he did so with a dig at Ramaswamy’s appearance.
“I’ve had enough. I’ve had enough already tonight of a guy who sounds like ChatGPT standing up here,” Christie quipped, evoking laughter from the audience.
“What’s a Skinny Guy With an Odd Last Name Doing Up Here?”
“The last person … [at] these debates who stood in the middle of the stage and said, ‘What’s a skinny guy with an odd last name doing up here?’ is Barack Obama, and I’m afraid we’re dealing with the same type of amateur,” Christie added.
Ramaswamy responded by claiming Christie helped Obama get elected as president.
As the debate progressed, Ramaswamy continued to assert his presence on the stage.
He seized an opportunity to address Christie’s past criticisms of former President Donald Trump.
“Trump Is Motivated by Vengeance and Grievance”
“Honest to God, your claim that Donald Trump is motivated by vengeance and grievance would be a lot more credible if your entire campaign wasn’t based on vengeance and grievance against one man,” Ramaswamy said.
“Think of an 8% approval rating in New Jersey. Now he’s running for president and he runs solely on the basis of, oh, ‘let’s get Trump.’ It’s like a savage maniac,” Ramaswamy added.
“He’s like a lunatic, and that’s all he talks about. His poll numbers are very, very low, about 2%,” he concluded.
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
“To Be Fair, 99% Of the Male Population Is “Skinny Guys”
One Twitter user wrote, “Even if he’s probably a fraud (ironically, very much like Obama), it’s pretty obvious that Ramaswamy stands head and shoulders above the rest of these clowns in terms of intellect.”
Another user added, “To be fair, 99% of the male population is “skinny guys” to Christie.”
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