Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and former Vice President Mike Pence reportedly both trolled biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy over his connections to business in China during the second GOP debate.
Scott’s comments coincide with the formation of Sinovant Sciences by Ramaswamy’s Roivant Sciences and the private equity firm of a state-owned Chinese investment company.
“When we have the conversation about the things that are happening on this stage, we think about the fact that Vivek just said that we were all good people — and I appreciate that because last debate he said we were all bought and paid for,” Scott said.
“And I thought about that for a little while, and said, you know, I can’t imagine how you could say that, knowing that you were just in business with the Chinese Communist Party, and the same people that funded Hunter Biden millions of dollars was a partner of yours as well,” he continued.
“Nonsense,” Ramaswamy said in response.
“These are good people who are tainted by a broken system,” he continued.
“I’m glad Vivek pulled out of his business deal in 2018 in China. That must have been about the time he decided to start voting in presidential elections.” Pence jabbed in response, breaking into the discussion.
Pence and Scott’s comments follow Ramaswamy’s controversial performance in the first GOP debate in Milwaukee.
In the vast majority of state and national polls, Pence and Scott have received only single-digit support.