Trump Targets Fanboy Vivek Ramaswamy, Says He’s ‘Deceitful,’ ‘Don’t Get Duped’

Former President Donald Trump publicly criticized Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy, a prominent Trump supporter, through a post on his Truth Social platform. Trump claimed that a vote for Ramaswamy is a vote for the “other side” and accused him of resorting to deceitful campaign tactics.

This marked the first time Trump openly targeted Ramaswamy, who had previously garnered praise from the former president for his unwavering support. Ramaswamy, a former biotech executive, positioned himself as a staunch admirer and defender of the embattled former president, even pledging to pardon him if elected.

Trump’s attack appears to be a direct response to a post on X where Ramaswamy reposted a photo of himself with Iowa supporters donning t-shirts featuring Trump’s mugshot, urging voters to “Save Trump. Vote Vivek.”

Trump swiftly responded on Truth Social, cautioning supporters against being “duped” and emphasizing that a vote for Ramaswamy is not in line with the “MAGA” agenda, saying that while Ramaswamy “started his campaign as a great supporter… now all he does is disguise his support in the form of deceitful campaign tricks.”

“Very sly, but a vote for Vivek is a vote for the ‘other side’ — don’t get duped by this. Vote for ‘TRUMP,’ don’t waste your vote! Vivek is not MAGA,” he wrote.

Ramaswamy, who appears to still be in denial, labeled Trump’s move as an “unfortunate” one orchestrated by campaign advisors. He praised Trump and refused to retaliate.

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