Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley on Sunday explained why she once praised her fellow candidate Vivek Ramaswamy but is criticizing him now.
"I think I always praise people when they deserve to be praised. And I hit people when they deserve to be hit," Ms. Haley said in response. "The book that he wrote, I supported it. I helped him. He asked me for help with it. I was happy to do it. I'll help anybody that needs help. And it was a good book.”
TikTokOn Saturday, Mr. Ramaswamy again defended his decision for wanting to reach out to young voters via TikTok, in an interview on Fox News’ "Cavuto Live."
“So, my concerns remain,” Mr. Ramaswamy said. “I want to declare economic independence from China. I think kids under the age of 16 should not be using addictive social media. We're not going to change any of that, though, until we win elections.”
Without naming anyone, he suggested that some candidates’ children had been using TikTok. He said, “I do think it's a little hypocritical for the other candidates who were virtue signaling and criticizing me onstage, even as their own kids, adult children are on TikTok today.”
On Sunday, Ms. Haley was asked if Mr. Ramaswamy was directing his criticism at her.
"My son's not on TikTok. My daughter was on TikTok up until about 2020, and I think she posted something at a bachelorette party. But look, she's 25 years old. My job is to educate,” she said in response.
“Be very careful about how people talk about TikTok. This is the Chinese Communist Party who is doing espionage,” she added. “They don't just put things on your phone in an app. They get access to your contacts, they get access to your financial data, they get access to your emails, and they spread different, dangerous things.”
Ms. Haley concluded: “I'm going to keep saying that I think TikTok is dangerous. And just because 150 million people are on it doesn't mean you do it because it's politically popular. I think that's wrong."
PollAccording to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 59 percent of Americans saw TikTok as a major or minor threat to U.S. national security. Seventeen percent said the app was not a threat while 23 percent weren’t sure.
Older Americans viewed TikTok as more of a threat. According to the survey, 13 percent of adults aged from 18 to 29 said TikTok was a major threat, 24 percent for those aged between 30 and 49, 35 percent for those between 50 and 64, and 46 percent for 65 and older.
Republicans were more likely than Democrats to be alarmed by TikTok. According to the survey, 50 percent of conservative Republicans saw the app as a major threat, while 16 percent of liberal Democrats shared the same opinion.
Meanwhile, 64 percent of Americans said they were either very or somewhat concerned about TikTok’s data use practices.