Vivek Ramaswamy stood out in the first Republican debate last month. He was targeted in the second debate, which took place on Wednesday.
Nikki Haley and Tim Scott, as well as the usually mild-mannered Mike Pence, all made snide remarks about Mr. Ramaswamy. He is a 38-year old entrepreneur who has taken some populist views that are contrary to traditional Republican ideology.
The attacks were wide-ranging and brutal. Mr. Ramaswamy's business dealings with China and his promise to cut off Ukraine's aid were all attacked.
"Honestly, each time I hear you I feel dumber," Ms. Haley told him, criticizing the use of TikTok.
Scott's response to the question of why he did not agree with Ramaswamy on his pledge to stop birthright citizenship for children of undocumented migrants was to refer to Ramaswamy’s performance in their last debate.
Scott added that he could not understand why Mr. Ramaswamy would say this when he had done business with the "Chinese Communist Party" and the people who funded Hunter Biden's millions of dollars.
Mr. Ramaswamy claimed that he pulled his company from China while other C.E.O.s did not. Mr. Pence pressed the issue further by pointing out that Mr. Ramaswamy admitted he had not voted until relatively recently.
Pence stated, 'I'm glad Vivek backed out of his 2018 business deal in China.' It must have been at the same time that you started voting in presidential election.