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Video: GOP presidential candidate calls out RNC, GOP establishment at debate; crowd erupts

Vivek Ramaswamy (Gage Skidmore/WikiCommons)
November 09, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy attacked the Republican National Committee (RNC) on Wednesday during the third RNC debate in Miami, Florida.

“I think there’s something deeper going on in the Republican Party here. I am upset about what happened last night. We’ve become a party of losers, at the end of the day,” Ramaswamy said. “Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022, [the] 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 yield my time to you,” Ramaswamy added.

Ramaswamy then took aim at the moderators, arguing the debate should be moderated by Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan and Elon Musk.

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“We’d have ten times the viewership, asking questions that GOP primary voters actually care about and bring more people into our party,” Ramaswamy said to applause. “Do you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate? They wouldn’t do it.”

“[NBC’s Kristen Welker], I’m going to use this time, because this is actually about you and 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,” he continued.

The crowd erupted with thunderous cheers and applause immediately after Ramaswamy’s challenge, at which point the GOP candidate added, “This is how we get our country back.”

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina also participated in the debate.