Ramaswamy’s ‘Nikki = Corrupt’ Banner Sets Social Media Ablaze at GOP Debate

(USNewsMag.com) – Biotech entrepreneur and political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy set all of social media on fire last week when he appeared at the last Republican presidential primary debate with a sign that read “Nikki = Corrupt,” referencing one of his GOP opponents, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, as he argued with her on stage.

After Haley accused Ramaswamy of having an issue with women in politics, he clarified that he doesn’t “have a women problem” but that Haley instead has “a corruption problem.” Ramaswamy said he thinks voters “need to know” that Haley “is corrupt.” The remarks came as part of Ramaswamy’s general criticism of Haley for her past work in military contracting following her time as UN ambassador under former President Donald Trump.

The moment Ramaswamy called Haley corrupt, he held up a small sign written on a notepad sitting on the podium. The sign simply said, “Nikki = corrupt.” Ramaswamy then added that Haley “is a woman who will send your kids to die” just to “buy a bigger house.”

The moderator asked Haley if she wished to respond to the claims, to which she replied in the negative, saying it was not worth her time.

The response from the public on social media was swift. Some users went as far as to claim that Ramaswamy “ended” Haley and her political career. Controversial conservative political commentator Charlie Kirk said the exchange between the two candidates was “one of the most noteworthy moments” of the debate.

Larry O’Connor, a conservative radio host, posted on Twitter that he wouldn’t be surprised to wake up to “3,742 different memes” derived from Ramaswamy’s sign, asking his audience to post their favorites.

Although Ramaswamy rose in the polls a few months ago to sit in third place behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, his numbers have since dropped while Haley’s have risen. The former South Carolina governor now sits in third place, polling at 11.6%, while Ramaswamy is at 4.8%.

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