Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, was overheard loudly disparaging candidate Vivek Ramaswamy from the audience during Wednesday night’s debate.
A source who was sitting near McDaniel told Timcast News that she was not attempting to keep her voice lowered as she called him an “asshole” and declared that the party would not be giving him “a cent.”
The choice should be clear: We can elect a president who will keep us out of World War III or we can elect a Dick Cheney in 3-inch heels. Because there are two of them on stage with me tonight. @RonDeSantis @NikkiHaley pic.twitter.com/i21U4tErmU
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) November 9, 2023
“He’s an asshole. Total asshole,” McDaniel said. “He’s desperate because he’s doing bad in the polls. He won’t be getting a cent from us.”
She also loudly booed him during his exchange with Nikki Haley, according to the person sitting nearby.
“She was in complete MELTDOWN mode over Vivek,” the source said. “This was in the middle of the audience, within ear shot of at least 50 people.”
Ramaswamy and McDaniel appeared to have heated exchanges both before and after the debate.
Vivek appears to have a heated discussion with RNC chair Ronna McDaniel from the debate stage as the candidates file out pic.twitter.com/efYfbltva0
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 9, 2023
During the debate, Ramaswamy called out McDaniel for the record of losses since she took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017.
Best debate opening we’ve ever seen.
Vivek comes out swinging at Ronna McDaniel.
Vivek invites RNC Ronna to resign on stage.
Vivek demands Kristin Welker and Lester Holt answer the damn question.pic.twitter.com/tPUIIxasmp
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 9, 2023
“We’ve become a party of losers,” Ramaswamy declared. “Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we lost in 2018, 2020, 2022. No red wave ever came. We got trounced last night in 2023.”
Ramaswamy demanded that McDaniel come on stage and publicly resign for her failures.
“You think the Democrats would ever hire Greg Gutfeld to moderate a Democratic debate?” Ramaswamy asked.
Ramaswamy is a biotech millionaire and Harvard graduate who has been running as an America First candidate.
McDaniel has repeatedly claimed to be “neutral” in the Republican primary.
Timcast News has reached out to Ramaswamy for comment and will update this story if one is provided.