Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign spokeswoman recently mocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over the idea that the governor would call the GOP presidential candidate “Fake Vivek” or “Vivek the Fake” during the first Republican primary debate set in Milwaukee.
“Vivek’s job on Aug. 23 is to introduce himself and his vision to the American people,” Tricia McLaughlin, the campaign spokeswoman for Ramaswamy, said, according to RedState.
“These boring, canned attack lines from a robotic candidate doesn’t change that,” she added. “If DeSantis struggles to use a spoon, I can’t imagine he is particularly agile with a sledgehammer.”
Vivek spox: “Vivek’s job on Aug 23 is to introduce himself and his vision to the American people. These boring, canned attack lines from a robotic candidate doesn’t change that. If DeSantis struggles to use a spoon, I can’t imagine he is particularly agile with a sledgehammer.” https://t.co/SAPjuDEEby
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 17, 2023
DeSantis’s super Political Action Committee (PAC) posted a memorandum online, detailing how the governor should proceed during the first set of GOP primary debates.
The memo offered the Florida governor several tactics he could use to end up victorious on the debate stage. Among those tips was “to take a sledgehammer” to Ramaswamy and defending former President Donald Trump, per the New York Times.
The memo also advised DeSantis to attack President Joe Biden and the mainstream media while presenting a positive vision for the future multiple ties and ignoring attacks from lower-tier candidates.
“You try to avoid as many mistakes as you can. You try to give them as many pictures as you can. And if you need coverage, you attack, and you will get coverage,” the memo said, according to the Times.
The author of the memo advised DeSantis to follow three steps, such as calling Ramaswamy “Fake Vivek,” defending Trump when GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie attacks him, and sharing an emotional story about his family, kids, and wife Casey.
“Trump isn’t here, so let’s just leave him alone. He’s too weak to defend himself here. We’re all running against him. I don’t think we want to join forces with someone on this stage who’s auditioning for a show on MSNBC,” the memo advises DeSantis.
DeSantis previously attacked Trump over the former president’s refusal to sign the Republican National Committee’s pledge of supporting the eventual nominee in 2024, as reported by Fox News.
“I mean you can’t, on the one hand, say that the country’s going in such a bad direction, which we all believe, and then, on the other hand, say you’re just going to take your ball and go home,” DeSantis said.