Upstart Republican main candidate Vivek Ramaswamy sought to elucidate his previous criticism of Donald Trump on Sunday following a debate efficiency this week through which he praised the previous president as the best commander-in-chief of the final century.
Mr Ramaswamy appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday the place he was requested by host Chuck Todd about his books Nation of Victims. Revealed final yr, it’s being considered as a defacto manifesto for Mr Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur.
Mr Todd requested about one key passage from the e book the place Mr Ramaswamy appeared to swipe at candidates, like Mr Trump, who couldn’t settle for defeat on election day.
“’Nobody likes a sore loser’,” Todd mentioned, studying from the e book. “’That’s one of many worst victimhood complexes of all.’ Are you referring to Donald Trump?”
Mr Ramaswamy replied: “I referred in that chapter each to Stacy Abrams and to Donald Trump.”
Mr Ramaswamy defined that “a victimhood tradition that began on the left on this nation” would unfold to the Republican Occasion below the guise of Mr Trump and his baseless insistence that his defeat was the results of election fraud.
“I used to be particularly disenchanted once I noticed President Trump take a web page from the Stacey Abrams playbook. His claims had been simply as weak as Abrams’,” Mr Ramaswamy wrote within the e book.
Mr Ramaswamy additionally blamed Mr Trump within the e book for delivering “simply one other story of grievance” after making daring guarantees to the conservative motion.
Ms Abrams, a Democrat who ran for governor in Georgia in 2018, narrowly misplaced the election that yr to the state’s present governor, Brian Kemp.
She had argued that purges of names from state voter rolls initiated by the Republican-controlled state authorities successfully served as a type of voter suppression throughout her bid for workplace.
A gaggle she went on to discovered, Honest Struggle Motion, later challenged these practices in federal court docket on constitutional grounds however was defeated.
Mr Ramaswamy delivered a provocative, headline-grabbing efficiency on the GOP debate stage this previous week in Milwaukee.
He used the stage to lavishly reward Mr Trump referring to him as “the very best president of the twenty first century”.
That remark earned reciprocal reward from the GOP frontrunner, who declared that his rival had secured “a large WIN within the debate due to a factor known as TRUTH” in a Fact Social posting.
Whereas Mr Ramaswamy had some breakout moments throughout the debate that earned him cheers from the gang and declarations of victory from his supporters on Twitter, he additionally discovered himself firmly within the crosshairs of rivals like ex-Governor Nikki Haley and former Vice President Mike Pence.