Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stood by former President Donald Trump during the first Republican primary debate, calling him the “best president” of the 21st century.
The statement came as moderator Brett Baier brought up Trump’s charges nearly an hour into the debate.
Trump is expected to be handed over to the Fulton County Jail in Georgia tomorrow on charges of voter fraud.
“They all signed a pledge of support for the eventual Republican nominee. When former President Trump is convicted in afrom “Would you still support him as your party’s choice?” Baier asked.
“Please raise your hand if you like.”
Ramaswamy quickly raised his hand, followed by Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Mike Pence and Doug Burgum.
Chris Christie, who has been critical of Trump in the past, last raised his hand but was reluctant to express support.
“Here’s the bottom line: someone needs to stop normalizing this behavior. OK… Whether or not you believe the criminal charges are right or wrong, the behavior is underestimated.”of the President of the United States,” said Christie, who was greeted with boos.
Ramaswamy, who clashed with Christie earlier in the night, defended the former president.
“I think President Trump was the best president of the 21st century,” he said before turning to Christie. “Honestly, your claim that Donald Trump is motivated by revenge and resentment would be much more credible if your entire campaign wasn’t based on revenge and resentment [him].”
The audience cheered Ramaswamy, showing his support for Trump.
Christie and Ramaswamy exchanged words earlier in the night after the former New Jersey governor appeared to take offense after the entrepreneur claimed he was the only candidate who had not been “bought and paid for”.
As the crowd booed Ramaswamy, Christie slammed Ramaswamy for sounding like “ChatGPT.”
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