Wednesday’s GOP presidential debate was marked by sharp comments on and off the stage.
Front row spectators report seeing candidate Chris Christie angrily confronting commentators during a commercial break for not keeping the on-stage dialogue civil.
Christie, currently polling in the No. 4 position among the four candidates on stage, was offended when candidate Vivek Ramaswamy made an off-camera comment, reportedly telling Christie to take advantage of the commercial break and “enjoy a nice meal.”
The unflattering comment referenced Christie’s weight. Christie was the largest man on the stage, while Ramaswamy can likely boast the lowest percent of body fat.
The Daily Caller reported that “several members of the audience booed Ramaswamy’s dig.”
Commentator Noah Griffith noted Christie’s anger, posting on X a video clip of the candidate speaking with Megyn Kelly.
The clip shows Christie speaking with the moderators: Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Eliana Johnson and NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas. Christie reportedly criticized the panel for the lack of decorum in the room, though what he said is unknown.
Ramaswamy led the night in throwing barbs at fellow GOP candidates.
Christie’s sharpest comments were directed at former President Donald Trump, but after Ramaswamy attacked him, Christie accused Ramaswamy of backtracking on his positions and called him the “most obnoxious blowhard in America.”
When Ramaswamy pushed back on the accusation, Christie doubled down, saying, “You do this at every debate. You go out on the stump and you say something, all of us see it on video, we confront you about it on the debate stage, you say you didn’t say it, and then you back away.”
As Ramaswamy began to reply, saying, “I’ll tell you exactly what I said, Chris,” Christie cut him off, saying, “No, I’m not done yet! Now look,” Christie interrupted. “Listen, this is the fourth debate that you would be voted in the first 20 minutes as the most obnoxious blowhard in America. So shut up.”
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