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“Party Of Losers”: Vivek Torches RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

By CM Chaney · November 9, 2023

In brief…

  • Ramaswamy harshly criticized GOP as "party of losers" at presidential debate following election losses
  • Blamed RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel for losses, demanded her resignation on debate stage
  • Cited GOP losses in 2018, 2020, 2022 as evidence of failure by party establishment
  • Attacked debate moderators, said they should be replaced by more conservative voices
  • Reiterated belief that 2020 election was rigged against Trump
At the latest Republican presidential debate, candidate Vivek Ramaswamy lambasted his own party as "losers" and called for the resignation of RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel over recent GOP electoral defeats.  Screenshot / @VivekGRamaswamy / Twitter

At the third Republican presidential debate in Miami on Tuesday night, candidate Vivek Ramaswamy sharply criticized his own party, calling the GOP a “party of losers” following Tuesday’s disappointing election results.

Ramaswamy blamed Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel for the losses, saying there needs to be accountability within the party establishment.

“We’ve become a party of losers at the end of the day,” Ramaswamy stated on the debate stage. He went on to cite GOP losses in 2018, 2020, 2022 and on Tuesday night, demanding that McDaniel resign immediately.

“I think there is something deeper going on in the Republican party here, and I am upset about what happened last night,” Ramaswamy said. “Let’s speak the truth. Since Ronna McDaniel took over as chairwoman of the RNC in 2017, we have lost 2018, 2020, 2022 - no red wave that never came.”

Posting a video clip from the debate online, Ramaswamy doubled down on his criticism of the party establishment, writing “I’m sick and tired of this Republican Establishment that has made us a party of losers. Where is the accountability for years of losing?”

He called specifically for McDaniel’s resignation.

Ramaswamy also took aim at the debate moderators, proposing they be replaced by more conservative voices. He referred to anchor Kristen Welker as part of the “corrupt media establishment” and reiterated his belief that the 2020 election was rigged against former President Trump.

In January, McDaniel was elected to her fourth term as RNC chair despite tepid support from Trump. She initially rose to the position in 2017 with Trump’s backing. Ramaswamy’s debate stage call for her resignation represents a sharp rebuke of the party leadership from a candidate vying to be the next GOP presidential nominee.