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Haley calls Ramaswamy “scum” after he mentions her daughter’s use of TikTok



Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis listens as former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy argue on either side of him on Wednesday in Miami.

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Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called Vivek Ramaswamy “scum” after he referred to Haley’s daughter’s use of TikTok in response to a question about banning the social video app owned by a Chinese-based company.

Ramaswamy, who joined TikTok earlier this year, referred to Haley’s previous criticism of the tech entrepneur presence on the app at the second Republican primary debate in California in September.

“In the last debate, she made fun of me for actually joining TikTok while her own daughter was actually using the app for a long time. So you might want to take care of your family first,” Ramaswamy said.

Haley interjected, saying to “leave my family out of your voice.”

Ramaswamy continued over audible reaction from the crowd in Miami. 

“The next generation of Americans are using it, and that’s actually the point,” he said.

“You’re just scum,” Haley muttered into the microphone as Ramaswamy continued his response, rolling her eyes in disgust.

The biting personal fued between Haley and DeSantis traces back to the previous Republican debates. At the first Republican debate in Milwaukee in August, Haley aggressively attacked Ramaswamy’s lack of foreign policy experience. At the second Republican debate in Simi Valley, California in September, Haley further revealed her antipathy for Ramaswamy.
“Every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber,” Haley said in response to Ramaswamy at the second debate.
Earlier, Haley took the talk about her high heels to the third GOP debate. The comments about her footwear took the stage after she weighed in on speculation that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wears height-boosting insoles during an appearance on the Daily Show last week.



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