Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley said she was restraining herself on stage during the Republican presidential primary on Wednesday night when she referred to Vivek Ramaswamy as “scum”.
Haley called Ramaswamy “scum” after he cited her daughter’s use of the Chinese owned TikTok app in his response to questions about his use of app.
“I was showing a lot of restraint, that’s all I’ll say,” Haley told Fox News Thursday. “That was showing a lot of restraint.”
In a post-debate interview with CNN, Ramaswamy defended his comments about Haley’s daughter, insisting that it was not a “low blow”
“If she talks about TikTok sanctimoniously on stage without mentioning her own adult family members of the next generation are on it, we are not fixing the problem,” Ramaswamy told CNN’s Dana Bash. “The error is somebody sanctimoniously lecturing the rest of the country about the perils of [TikTok] while actually failing to set an example of leadership a little closer to home.”
“It’s not a sin to be on TikTok,” he said. “It’s a generational divide. Most young people who I meet are.”