GOP presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has decided to capitalize on former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley’s “scum” comments by selling merchandise on his website.
Ramaswamy, 38, called out Haley’s daughter during the third GOP presidential primary debate on Wednesday in Miami for using TikTok, after the former South Carolina governor “made fun” of him for joining it himself. In response, Haley blasted the 38-year-old entrepreneur by saying “you’re just scum.”
The video-sharing app has come under scrutiny over data security concerns.
Following the exchange that prompted boos from the Miami audience, the Ohio businessman’s campaign started selling T-shirts and beverage coolers Friday featuring the phrase “Rebel Scum.”
Ramaswamy unveiled the merchandise on X, platform formerly known as Twitter, by calling out both parties as “corrupt” and claiming politicians are leading the world to World War III.
“The Establishment in both parties is corrupt to the core and is alive more than ever,” Ramaswamy wrote on X. “It’s time to fight: now is the moment for freedom-loving American patriots everywhere to stand up and take back the country we love from a corrupt group of politicians who are marching us toward World War III. This is our 1776 Revolution.”
The biotech entrepreneur joined TikTok in September, prompting similar criticism from Haley during the second GOP debate.
“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 during Wednesday’s debate hosted by NBC
Haley fired back after the boos from the audience, saying “leave my daughter out of your voice.”
The former governor was asked about her comments on Thursday by Fox News host Bill Hemmer. In response, Haley called out Ramaswamy for making a “petty shot.”
“I mean, Bill, that was showing a lot of restraint,” Haley said. “That’s all I’ll say. That was showing a lot of restraint. He threw a petty shot there. I mean, it says more about him than it does about me.”