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Vivek Shreds Mainstream Media, Debate Moderates, Gets Rapturous Applause

In the opening moments of the third Republican presidential debate, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy flipped the roles of the NBC panelists.

When asked why should Ramaswamy, not former President Donald Trump, be the Republican nominee for president in 2024, the candidate turned the question around on the moderators themselves.

The businessman blamed RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for the Republican Party’s recent losing streak.

But Ramaswamy then turned his attention to the moderators themselves.

“Think about who’s moderating this debate, this should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, Elon Musk. We’d have 10 times the viewership, asking questions the GOP primary voters actually care about and bring in more people to our party. We got Kristen Welker here, you think the Democrats would actually hire Greg Gutfeld to host a Democratic debate?” Ramaswamy said.

Welker grinned, and immediately the crowd exploded in cheers. Some conservatives have criticized the RNC for failing to fulfill its pledge to support independent, conservative media during presidential debates.

Welker’s family had previously contributed $3,300 to President Joe Biden’s campaign and over $20,000 to former President Barack Obama.

According to reports, the family also sent money to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

Although Welker’s parents may not be representing her views, it seems a bit complicated to have a moderator whose parents paid thousands of dollars to support one of the candidates on stage in 2020.

A 2020 discussion was mediated by Welker.

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