(NewsReady.com) – Republican primary candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is having a moment. The 38-year-old tech millionaire’s debate performance got people talking. Not everyone is impressed, though.
On August 30, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed by Karl Rove, who served as deputy chief of staff to former President George W. Bush. The GOP strategist tore into the 2024 candidate, calling him a “political performance artist.”
According to Rove, he believed a low point of the debate was when a shallow, glib entrepreneur (his description of Ramaswamy) claimed he was the only person standing on the debate stage who wasn’t “‘bought and paid for.’” The strategist said Ramaswamy didn’t provide any evidence to prove that or care that his opponents had a combined “123 years of public service among them.” Rove went on to say he found it ironic that the millionaire was asking Americans to vote for him without any political experience because the Republican candidate once asked Rev. Al Sharpton why Ramaswamy should vote for him when he had no experience.
The former Bush administrator slammed the candidate for not voting in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections. He accused Ramaswamy of “demagoguery” and appealing to “voters’ conspiratorial instincts.” Rove pointed to the tech entrepreneur’s comments about the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, insinuating that they were an inside job. He also attacked Ramaswamy over his downplaying of the attack on the Capitol Building and the disproven stolen election claims.
Rove finished his op-ed by accusing Ramaswamy of trying to be former President Donald Trump’s “echo” and saying, “Republicans deserve a choice.”
The Hill reached out to the 2024 GOP candidate to see what he thought about Rove’s attacks on his character and candidacy. Ramaswamy responded, “Sorry […] I’m still not going to invade Iraq again.” The remarks were a hit on the Bush Administration’s controversial decision to wage a war on Iraq, something many people believe was a terrible, deadly mistake.
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