Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy fired back at rival Nikki Haley after she accused him of having a “girl problem.”
The 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur accused Haley of resorting to “identity politics” in her latest criticism in what has been an escalating war of words between the two 2024 GOP hopefuls.
Their heated back and forth was on full display during last week’s third Republican primary debate when Ramaswamy called the former United Nations ambassador “Dick Cheney in three-inch heels.” She fired back by calling him “scum” after he criticized her adult daughter for using TikTok.
“Keep my daughter’s name out of your voice,” Haley warned. “You’re just scum.”
In an interview with the “Ruthless” podcast on Tuesday, Haley swiped at her opponent by noting a pattern in his criticisms during the debate.
“He comes out of the gate, he hits the female chair of the party,” Haley said, referring to Ramaswamy calling out RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel for failing to lead and suggesting she resign.
“He hits the female anchor on the platform and then he hits me,” Haley continued as she recounted her opponent’s criticism of debate co-moderator Kristen Welker.
“And I’m not saying anything, but he might have a girl problem,” concluded the former South Carolina governor who says she wears heels “for ammunition.”
In response, Ramaswamy fired back a message on X.
“Sorry Nikki, having two X chromosomes doesn’t immunize you, Ronna McDaniel, or Kristen Welker from criticism. I don’t think Kamala Harris is going to run so there might be an opening for you in the party of identity politics,” he wrote.
Sorry Nikki, having two X chromosomes doesn’t immunize you, Ronna McDaniel, or Kristen Welker from criticism. I don’t think Kamala Harris is going to run so there might be an opening for you in the party of identity politics. pic.twitter.com/DPigMNQA72
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 15, 2023
Ramaswamy defended himself in a NewsNation interview with Chris Cuomo, saying it is Haley who has been “after” him the whole campaign.
He called out Cuomo for being “part of the mainstream media despite pretending like you’re not,” as he also dissed Haley for “masquerading” as Republican.
NEW: Vivek Ramaswamy humiliates Chris Cuomo on his own show, asks him what he is “smoking” and then calls him out for lying to the American people.
After Cuomo started to accuse Vivek of “going at Nikki Haley,” Vivek gave him a reality check.
Calling Nikki Haley… pic.twitter.com/tDvILBWJ58
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) November 14, 2023
Ramaswamy, Haley and other GOP candidates are set to take part in a forum titled “Faith and Family with the Feenstras,” next month hosted by Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra (R) and his wife Lynette. The event is scheduled for December 9, a few weeks away from what will be the nation’s first GOP caucuses and just days after the planned fourth GOP primary debate in Tuscaloosa, Ala. which will be hosted by NewsNation.
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