WATCH : MSNBC’s Clueless Host Stunned into Silence by Vivek Ramaswamy

Former GOP hopefuI Vivek Ramaswamy has gained some steam, back before he dropped out and sided with former President Donald Trump.

Back in the heady early days of the runup to the GOP primary, Vivek was largely considered the winner of the first Republican debate, and the fact that most of the other hopefuls on stage directly atta cked Ramaswamy as opposed to Florida governor Ron DeSantis was quite telling.

It had been assumed that if former President Donald Trump had any actuaI competition, it would come from the Florida governor. Many pundits had assumed the debate would be a knives-out attack on DeSantis. Instead, he faded into the background, avoiding any heavy blows from the likes of Chris Christie and Nikki Haley.

Ramaswamy, the Cincinnati-born entrepreneur, has run largely on the populist platform used by Donald Trump. He espouses America-first policies, more border security, cutting off funding for foreign wa rs, and a climate change stance that immediately has run afoul of the left.

On the debate stage, Ramaswamy called climate change a hoax, eIiciting cheers from the crowd but derision from the other GOP challengers. The young upstart contender recently went on leftist MSNBC and was attacked by Andre Mitchell about his climate change stance.