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Ramaswamy is part of the 'performative politics' crowd - MTG, Boebert, Tuberville, et al. All hot air and no substance. I hope voters are starting to see through these antics and vote for someone who is serious about governing. Preferably a Democrat. IMHO.

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I get the performative politics folks; they want clicks and airtime and to mobilize their base. They are annoying but I get it. Ramy has no base to mobilize and worse, his performances have been so awful it isn't as though he can get a Fox News show or a cabinet post, etc. out of it either. Most people of his stature run for office with a gameplan for life after they lose. Ramy has zero post-campaign plan unless he's just shooting to add a-hole to his LinkedIn profile.

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It’s possible that he actually believes his weird techno autocratic nonsense. He made tons of money on a pharma pump and dump scheme.

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A Trump “wanna be.”

I lost interest in him the first time he opened his mouth!

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Nailed it, Chris!

Smarmy Rice-a-Roni reminds me of the pathetic folks who dress-up in embarrassing costumes, screaming with joy upon being picked as a contestant of "The Price Is Right." or one of the other daytime game shows.

The quote from Pablo Torre says it all...a brilliant guy who wants to change the world --- not for good, but to salve his wholly inadequate ego.

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Chris - think spot on, except I sense this is not a goodbye, or as you say, the end. I sense he will continue to spend his personal money to stay in the game for a while longer. His brand of performative politics is, at best, embarrassing and dangerous.

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Are you going to send your kids to fight in Nikki and Joe's forever wars?

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Yuri, it’s republicans forever wars, or more aptly, in your case, Putin’s forever wars.

Russia Invaded Crimea (Ukraine) in March 2014. Donbas region of Ukraine in April 2014. Invades Ukraine in February 2022.

Who’s next? I hear Putin has his sights set on Moldova! We all know Putin wants to restore the former Soviet Union to its former glory. So please, Biden doesn’t start wars, he’s supporting democracy, and our Allie’s throughout the world.

Unlike Trump, who believes that relationships are all transactional, and must be for his own personal gain, Biden takes his role as President, Commander in Chief, and leader of the free world seriously.

And no leaders want war right now.

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Who was president and Vice President in 2014? Who was president in 2022? Who oversaw the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal in 2021? How many new wars were started beteeen 2016-2020?

Perhaps you should read Eisenhowers farewell address on the incentives of the military industrial complex.

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Obama was President in 2014? Remind me which war he started in 2014?

And in 2022, Biden was and still is president. What war did he start? You mean the Russian invasion of Ukraine? You do know who’s president of Russia, don’t you?

And the Afghanistan withdrawal was ending a war, which was agreed to by Trump in the Surrender Agreement, I mean Doha Agreement signed in 2020.

I’ve read Eisenhower’s fairwell address several times. It’s still relevant today, but Biden isn’t calling for war. He’s supporting Allie’s who have been attacked by nefarious state actors in Russia and Gaza.

So educate me; how many war America started since 2016? It’s a rhetorical question. The only major incident that could have caused a war was the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the Quds force commander of Iran, in Iraq.

America and the world are still paying dearly for Trump’s stupidity!

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No cup of Joe necessary. If given to his campaign, several others and the DNC and will continue to do so...:)

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Says the troll using another person’s name.....

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You are despised. You do get that, right?

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Why can’t I ask a question here about wars?

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Don’t be disingenuous. You didn’t “ask a question about war” at all: you purposefully chose to make an incendiary comment about Chris’ kids as your attempt to troll him.

This sort of intentional negativity is not something that we who pay to read and interact with Chris will tolerate. If you can’t ask reasonable and respectful questions, go back to X, where Elon will happily pocket your monthly blue check mark money.

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You beat me to the punch and with more eloquence than I would have wasted on the troll. I'm sick to death of the "I'm just asking questions" bull$#it. Mother#ucker Carlson and the rest of the lying heads over at Faux Noise have played that card to death. It's a way to make a provocative assertion while staying below the ridgeline. It's an obvious variant on "When did you stop stealing from your job?"

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I have only so much patience for “Yuri”, and his mendacity. If I were Chris, I’d consider blocking him: it’s one thing to actually ask a question in honesty and totally another to sink as low as what “Yuri”, or whomever the Russian actually is, has done by calling out Chris’ kids.

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Do us all a favor and Make America Great Again with your permanent "termination... with extreme prejudice..."

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So tolerant of you to be wishing for someone’s “termination”!

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I think you're misreading what he was doing last night. He un leashed his inner Trump because he was using that debate to blatantly audition to become Trump's VP pick.

If you view it through that lens, his behavior becomes completely understandable, even clever. What does Trump value in a VP nominee? Someone who is unafraid to be an attack dog against those who are insufficiently MAGA, someone who understands how to bluster and sow chaos to grab the spotlight. Someone who will fight back against the debate moderators and will be relentless in working refs. Someone who is unafraid to directly attack the media as biased partisans and enemies of the people.

Vivek is not a dummy, he knows he's not going to get the nomination. So he had an audience of one last night. He knows Trump was watching, and he knows being outrageous and spouting off is how you get the big guy's attention.

If Trump figures out how to pronounce his name, it may work.

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I think he is de facto working for DJT to undermine everyone else

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Nov 9, 2023·edited Nov 9, 2023

I enjoyed Vivek for a bit as the troll getting under everyone's skin and bringing the entertainment value and I think FOX News should sign him tomorrow. Someone had to bring up DeSantis' lifts.

He was also right to call out Ronna ROMNEY McDaniel and doing so to her face was pretty great.

But then he lost me going after Haley's kid and that weird tirade calling Zelensky, who is Jewish, a Nazi.

I also thought it was telling DeSantis and Haley didn't even attack him.

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they didn't because the base agrees with him

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Ramaswamy, like so many in the GOP, is a classic gaslighter. Pure and simple.

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He also called Zelensky a "Nazi", definitely NOT something you should be calling anyone of Jewish descent.

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Exactly so.

His vapidity makes me wonder how he got to where he is in life.

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Please, please let this be the end. He is such an entitled azzhole that has no business being in Government. His ego is as big as trumps and he’s a danger to America

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Trump wannabe and failed. Only one real orange man, Thank God. None of these contenders are succeeding but if anyone gets close, it will be Nikki. Vivek was a flamethrower last night looking for attention. Hope this is the end of him. Chris, agree with you.

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And still, Donald J Trump was the big winner last night by virtue of his absence, and he will be the Republican nominee in 2024. We need to stop being distracted by pretend debates between two-dimensional candidates and start campaigning against Donald Trump and for Joe Biden.

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Promise?

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I was just about getting the hang of spelling v rami’s name.

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He was never a viable candidate, but I haven't seen that he's formally folded up his campaign shop. Is he just going to linger like neo-Nazi flatulence in a submarine? A yes, he is cut from the same revolting bolt of cloth as Boeboe, Tupperville, Large Marge, Rapey McForhead and the rest of the sedition coalition - the look at me, I hate the same people you hate, send my campaign (i.e. ME) money!

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