Chris Christie calls Vivek the ‘most obnoxious blowhard in America’ and a ‘smart a**’ in furious back-and-forth: Ramaswamy tells rival to ‘walk off stage and enjoy a nice MEAL’ in vicious confrontation over ‘insulting’ Nikki Haley

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie furiously defended rival Nikki Haley after she was attacked by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy during the fourth Republican debate.  

Ramaswamy said of Haley that ‘foreign policy experience is not the same as foreign policy wisdom,’ adding that the former U.N. ambassador would not be able to locate certain provinces of Ukraine on a map. 

This insult unleashed a tirade from Christie who called Haley a ‘smart, accomplished woman.’ 

‘This is the fourth debate that you would be voted in the first 20 minutes as the most obnoxious blowhard in America,’ he told Ramaswamy. 

Ramaswamy shot back telling Christie that, ‘His version of foreign policy experience was closing a bridge from New Jersey to New York.’ 

‘So do everybody a favor, just walk yourself off that stage, enjoy a nice meal and get the hell out of this race,’ he said.  

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie furiously defended rival Nikki Haley after she was attacked by entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy during the fourth Republican debate

Christie (left) hit Ramaswamy (right) for insulting 'Nikki Haley's basic intelligence' as the 38-year-old suggested that the former New Jersey governor should 'enjoy a nice meal and get the hell out of the race'

Christie (left) hit Ramaswamy (right) for insulting ‘Nikki Haley’s basic intelligence’ as the 38-year-old suggested that the former New Jersey governor should ‘enjoy a nice meal and get the hell out of the race’

Ramaswamy again became the subject of Christie’s ire – the two have tussled on the debate stage a number of times before – while discussing the war in Ukraine. 

The 38-year-old political novice said there needed to be a ‘reasonable peace deal’ in the war with Russia, and then turned to Haley saying that she and President Joe Biden were among the only two politicians to believe in the ‘pointless war.’ 

‘One thing that Joe Biden and Nikki Haley have in common is that neither of them could even state for you three provinces in Eastern Ukraine that they want to send our troops to actually fight for,’ Ramaswamy said. 

‘She has no idea what the hell the names of those provinces are that she wants to send our sons and daughters and our troops and our military equipment to go fight,’ he continued. 

‘So reject this myth that they’ve been selling you – that somebody had a cup of coffee, a stint at the UN, and makes 8 million bucks after – has real foreign policy experience,’ Ramaswamy added, arguing that his ‘outsider’ status gives him an elevated perspective. 

Haley stayed stonefaced throughout the attack. 

‘Look at the blank expression,’ Ramaswamy said. ‘She doesn’t know the names of the provinces.’ 

Megyn Kelly, who moderated the first Fox News GOP primary debate of the 2016 cycle, which marked Donald Trump's debut, returned to the debate stage Wednesday as one of the three News Nation moderators

Megyn Kelly, who moderated the first Fox News GOP primary debate of the 2016 cycle, which marked Donald Trump’s debut, returned to the debate stage Wednesday as one of the three News Nation moderators 

Christie hammered former President Donald Trump but also took on his three rivals for not warning Americans about the threat Christie said Trump represented

Christie hammered former President Donald Trump but also took on his three rivals for not warning Americans about the threat Christie said Trump represented 

Christie opened up the debate by criticizing Trump and then the three candidates onstage. 

‘The fifth guy, who doesn’t have the guts to show up and stand here, he’s the one… who’s way ahead in the polls,’ Christie said. ‘And yet I’ve got these three guys who are all seeming to compete with, you know, Voldemort – he who should not be named. They don’t want to talk about it.’

‘We’re 17 minutes into this debate and … we’ve had all these three acting as if this race is between the four us,’ the ex-New Jersey governor said. 

He later used the same device to hit Ramaswamy. 

‘I want to say something else, we’re now 25 minutes into this debate and he has insulted Nikki Haley’s basic intelligence, not her positions, her basic intelligence,’ he roared. ‘She doesn’t know regions, she wouldn’t be able to find something on a map that his three-year-old could find.’

‘Look, if you want to disagree on issues that’s fine, and Nikki and I disagree on some issues. But I’ll tell you this, I’ve known her 12 years, which is longer than he’s even started to vote in the Republican primaries,’ Christie added. 

Christie’s takedown didn’t deter Ramaswamy’s attacks on Haley, who’s moved to second place in New Hampshire and is starting to leapfrog Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for second in some national polls. 

Ramaswamy was asked by moderator Eliana Johnson why he used Haley’s full first name ‘Nimarata’ to refer and whether he doubted her Christian faith. 

Both candidates were raised Hindu but Haley converted.  

‘I don’t question her faith, but I question her authenticity,’ Ramaswamy answered. 

He hammered her for using ‘identity politics’ by pointing out that she was a woman. 

‘At the first debate, she said only a woman could get this job done. That’s what she said,’ Ramaswamy said. 

Vivek Ramaswamy held up his notepad with the message, 'Nikki = Corrupt,' after blasting Nikki Haley for embracing the left's 'identity politics' for bringing up that she was a woman

Vivek Ramaswamy held up his notepad with the message, ‘Nikki = Corrupt,’ after blasting Nikki Haley for embracing the left’s ‘identity politics’ for bringing up that she was a woman 

‘After the third debate when I criticized Ronna McDaniel for five failed years of leadership of this party, and criticized Nikki for her corrupt foreign dealings as a military contractor, she said that I had a “woman problem,”‘ he said. ‘Maybe I don’t have a woman problem, you have a corruption problem.’ 

Ramaswamy had scrawled something on his notepad at the top of the debate. 

He showed it off to the audience at that moment: ‘Nikki = Corrupt.’ 

‘And I think that’s what people need to know. Nikki is corrupt,’ he said, holding up the tablet.   

Ramaswamy was booed. 

When Johnson asked Haley if she wanted to respond, she demurred.  

‘No, it’s not worth my time to respond to him,’ she said. 

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