Ramaswamy and Haley trade disses over “scum” barb
Driving the news: In an interview with Fox News on Thursday, Haley defended calling Ramaswamy "scum" during the debate Wednesday night, saying, "That was showing a lot of restraint. That's all I'll say."
Catch up quick: The tense debate exchange unfolded after Ramaswamy was asked about TikTok and took the opportunity to attack Haley.
- "In the last debate, [Haley] made fun of me for actually joining TikTok while her own daughter was actually using the app for a long time," Ramaswamy said. "So you might want to take care of your family first."
- "Leave my daughter out of your voice," Haley responded. "You're just scum."
- After a post-debate interview on CNN late Wednesday, Ramaswamy claimed Haley demonstrated a "startling lack of awareness" when talking about TikTok, saying there's a "generational divide" and that "it's not a sin" to be on the app.
- "If she talks about TikTok sanctimoniously on stage without mentioning her own adult family members of the next generation are on it, we are not fixing the problem," Ramaswamy said.
- He said the issue is "somebody lecturing the rest of the country about the perils of it while failing to set an example of leadership a little closer to home."
- Meanwhile, Ramaswamy, who has unleashed personal attacks on his fellow candidates and GOP party leaders, is polling at the bottom of the primary field with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.