Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Georgia Republican who once spoke at a white nationalist conference, objected to what she called a “racist” incident at Wednesday’s GOP primary debate.
“I was pretty disgusted by Chris Christie and his racist comment towards Vivek Ramaswamy,” Greene said during a discussion on the Right Side Broadcasting Network at the Fox News-hosted Milwaukee event. “He compared him to Obama. I honestly found that quite racist.”
Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, called out his rival on stage after the businessman essentially took a saying from former President Barack Obama.
“Who the hell is this scrawny fellow with the weird last name and what the hell is he doing in the middle of this debate period?” Ramaswamy had said.
Obama known called himself a “skinny kid with a funny name who thinks America has a place for him too” during the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention when he was running for the US Senate.
Christie pointed this out, saying, “I’ve had enough of a guy who sounds like ChatGPT tonight.”
“The last person in one of those debates… standing in the middle of the stage and saying, ‘What’s a skinny guy with a weird last name doing up here?’ was Barack Obama,” Christie said. “And I’m afraid we’re dealing with the same breed of amateur.”
Greene participated in the debate as a replacement for Donald Trump, who was absent.
Ramaswamy has been vocal in support of Trump during the campaign and has repeatedly defended him at Wednesday’s event. Christie, on the other hand, was the former president’s most vocal critic on stage.
Greene appeared unperturbed by actual racism and bigotry when speaking at last year’s America First Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida, organized by prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes; When she said two Muslim colleagues in Congress call for “back to the Middle East”; When she falsely claimed Obama is Muslim and has “opened our borders to a Muslim invasion”; and when she told supporters that undocumented immigrants “replace your jobs and your children in school, and since they come from all over the world, they also replace your culture.”