Nikki Haley branded Vivek Ramaswamy “scum” after he criticised her for allowing her daughter to use TikTok in a fiery exchange at the third Republican debate.
Mr Ramaswamy, 38, accused Ms Haley, 51, of hypocrisy over her opposition to the Chinese-owned app “while her own daughter” was using it “for a long time”.
“You might want to take care of your family first,” Mr Ramaswamy told her to loud jeers from the audience in Miami, Florida.
A furious Ms Haley retorted: “Leave my daughter’s name out of your voice”.
As Mr Ramaswamy continued to speak, Ms Haley shook her head and said: “You’re just scum.”
After the debate concluded, the candidates’ relatives joined them on stage. Mr Ramaswamy appeared to swerve away from Ms Haley, as her 25-year-old daughter, Rena, joined her mother at the podium.
Asked about his attack on her daughter, Ms Haley told NBC News: “Look, I’m a mom. I’m a mom, so the second that you go and you start saying something about my 25 year old daughter, I’m gonna get my backup.”