Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, during an interview on Thursday, firmly rejected the idea of including former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley in his cabinet should he be elected president in 2024.
Ramaswamy and Haley have been engaged in a months-long feud, clashing on various platforms including debate stages, online spaces and interviews. Their disagreements span across issues such as foreign policy and social media usage, some of which have amounted to personal attacks, as both are contenders for the Republican presidential nomination.
Ramaswamy, in his interview with Claremont Institute Chairman Thomas Klingenstein, labeled Haley as a Republican In Name Only (RINO) and expressed his strong opposition to her potential role in his administration.
“That’s a hard ‘no.’ She’s a RINO who doesn’t know what time it is, and she hasn’t met a foreign war she doesn’t love. She has no vision,” Ramaswamy said. “Also, today she is critical of BLM but at the time of the riots she was busy honoring George Floyd as some kind of patron saint. She, like many Republicans, was rolling out the red carpet for BLM. She condemns antisemitism today, but she was not saying anything in 2020 when it was perfectly clear that BLM was antisemitic.”
The two candidates hold differing views on the U.S.’s involvement in foreign conflicts. Haley has advocated for continued support of Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and for assisting Israel against Hamas.
Ramaswamy, on the other hand, has been critical of aid to Ukraine and cautions against deeper involvement in Middle Eastern conflicts, though he supports diplomatic backing for Israel.
In 2020, Haley expressed condolences for George Floyd following his death, which was a catalyst for widespread Black Lives Matter protests and riots across major U.S. cities. These events led to significant business damage and increased crime rates. Former President Donald Trump, meanwhile, received an endorsement from BLM co-founder Mark Fisher, who criticized Democrats for implementing racist policies detrimental to the black community. Trump expressed his honor at receiving this support on Truth Social.
Haley recently gained the endorsement of the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity and has drawn attention from prominent Wall Street figures, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and BlackRock CEO Larry Fink. During the second Republican primary debate, Haley criticized Ramaswamy for his defense of using the CCP-linked app TikTok, calling him “scum” in a subsequent debate. Ramaswamy responded by selling campaign merchandise labeled “Rebel Scum.”
Current polling data from RealClearPolitics for the 2024 national Republican primary shows Ramaswamy trailing behind Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump. In state-specific polls, Ramaswamy is ranked fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and fifth in South Carolina, according to FiveThirtyEight.
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