In a sharp critique of his Republican rivals, former President Donald Trump has made his stance clear on the fourth GOP primary debate. Trump, known for his forthright and often controversial views, took to Truth Social to voice his opinions. In his critique, he endorsed entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy as the winner while launching pointed attacks on his competitors.
Trump's Take on Rivals
Trump's critique didn't spare any of his rivals. He derided Governor Ron DeSantis for his physical mannerisms, questioning his capability as a leader. He was even more caustic about Chris Christie, labelling him a 'sick puppy' and accusing him of suffering from 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'. As for former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, Trump dismissed his campaign as dead in the water. Even former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who got a backhanded compliment and second place in Trump's ranking, wasn't safe from his barbs.
Ramaswamy's Victory and Scrutiny
Trump's endorsement of Ramaswamy was primarily based on the entrepreneur's positive view of him. The debate, hosted by NewsNation in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was the last one sanctioned by the Republican National Committee for the primary cycle. The RNC has decided to refrain from sponsoring debates in 2024.
Ramaswamy's performance in the debate, which included sharp attacks on his opponents, has been under the microscope. Some Republicans believe his style was too aggressive, lacking the personal warmth and humor that Trump is known for. Nevertheless, Ramaswamy's campaign has defended his approach, asserting his conviction and warmth on the campaign trail.
Trump Criticizes Debate Moderator
Trump didn't limit his criticism to just his political rivals. He also targeted the debate moderator, Megyn Kelly, questioning her standing. While his critique of Kelly might not have any direct impact on the debate results, it shows the extent of Trump's influence and his ability to shape narratives.