At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California, the second Republican debate of the 2024 election cycle occurred. Seven people participated, including Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Mike Pence, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Sen. Tim Scott.
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In the second Republican presidential primary discussion for 2024, seven candidates squared off, and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley criticized businessman Vivek Ramaswamy for grabbing center stage.
Haley criticized him over his decision to become the first Republican contender to join Chinese-owned TikTok. Haley termed the action “infuriating,” while Ramaswamy presented it as a strategy to help him win over younger voters.
“You joined TikTok after dinner with boxer and influencer Jake Paul. Should the commander-in-chief be so easily persuaded by an influencer?” The moderator, Stuart Varney, questioned Vivek.
Vivek responded, “So the answer is, I have a radical idea for the Republican Party. We need to win elections, and part of how we win elections is reaching the next generation of young Americans where they are.”
While expressing concern about the risks of social media, Ramaswamy also stated that he was using TikTok to reach out to younger voters.
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Ramaswamy joined TikTok two weeks ago, only a few days after calling the app “digital fentanyl.”
He was criticized harshly by Haley for his flip as well as his overall talking points. She continued, “Honestly, every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say,”
Nikki Haley stated, “TikTok is one of the most dangerous social media assets that we could have,” while adding, “We can’t trust you.”
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She referred to TikTok as “one of the most dangerous social media apps” and criticized Ramaswamy for being unreliable.
It is also to be remembered that Nikki Haley penned a complimentary blurb for Vivek Ramaswamy‘s book Woke, Inc., released in 2021. This makes her criticism of Ramaswamy all the more Ironic. It was stated, “His combination of honesty, intellect, and foresight are exactly what we need to overcome our challenges in the years ahead.”
Notably, several Republicans have denounced TikTok over its ties to China. Republicans like demonizing TikTok, claiming that the Chinese-owned app threatens data privacy and national security. But young people continue to find the app to be quite appealing.
TikTok restrictions might backfire on lawmakers and alienate younger voters.
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