Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, Truth Social, yesterday (January 13) to make his first public jab at fellow GOP candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy. Of the Republicans vying for the party’s nomination, the biotech entrepreneur has been Trump’s most devoted defender.
In a statement shared by @TrumpDailyPosts on X, Trump said whilst starting his campaign “as a great supporter” Ramaswamy now disguises his support for the former president with “deceitful campaign tricks”. He warned voters not to “get duped” and waste their vote on Vivek as this would be “a vote for the other side”.
In an acknowledgement that he had seen the former president’s post, Ramaswamy responded on X (@VivekGRamaswamy) describing it as “an unfortunate move by his campaign advisors”. The presidential hopeful said he does not believe “friendly fire is helpful” but reiterated that Trump remains “the greatest President of the 21st century” and refused to criticise his recent attack. Ramaswamy concluded that he wanted “to save Trump” and save America.
With Ramaswamy’s persistent praise of Donald Trump, it has been suggested that the businessman is making a bid for the VP spot on Trump’s presidential ticket. Last month however, he denied these claims arguing he was “not a plan B person” and predicted he would “overdeliver massively at the Iowa caucus”. If elected, Ramaswamy has pledged to pardon the former president. In August 2023, Trump responded to rumours of his VP pick, saying Ramaswamy would be a “very good” potential choice.
Iowa will host the first-in-the-nation Republican caucus on January 15. Registered party members will meet across the state’s precincts to discuss the presidential candidates and speak on their behalf. Attendees will then select their choice of candidate before the votes are tallied and submitted to the state party. Based on the results, each precinct is assigned a number of delegates who will go to the Republic National Convention in July 2024, where the party’s presidential nominee is selected.
The Iowa caucus has not always reflected the party’s ultimate nominee. In 2016, Ted Cruz lost the Republican nomination to Donald Trump, despite having won in Iowa.
The latest polling information has Donald Trump at 60.4% followed by Ron DeSantis (12.1%), Nikki Haley (11.7%), Vivek Ramaswamy (4.3%) and Asa Hutchinson (0.9%). With Chris Christie’s recent departure from the race this week, there are five Republicans presidential hopefuls left.
Edited by: Kaiyah Ellison
Photo credit: Jamie Kelter Davis/NBC News
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