Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has shown he isn’t shy about firing back at the media, and putting them on the spot when they try to throw liberal media tactics on him.
He’s called out CNN’s Van Jones who claimed Ramaswamy’s rise was the rise of a demagogue; Jones said he was “shaking” in response. That’s just hilarious, and Vivek gave such a shot all the respect it deserved. Vivek also exposed the tactics of a CNN moderator during a town hall when it came to COVID origin and federal agents involved in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol.
On Wednesday, Ramaswamy was in Iowa when a reporter said to him that “[he] didn’t say that [he] condemned white supremacy.” This is something media has asked candidates in the past–and they don’t care if you condemn it, as we saw when former President Donald Trump utterly condemned it. They’ll still twist what was said. But Vivek wasn’t having any of it, and his response is going viral. It’s not hard to see why. This was something else.
I’m not gonna recite some catechism for you. I’m against vicious racial discrimination in this country, so I’m not pledging allegiance to your new religion of modern wokeism which actually fits the test. I’m not going to bend the knee to your religion. I’m not asking you to bend the knee to mine. I’m not going to bend the knee to yours. Do I condemn vicious racial discrimination? Yes, I do. Am I gonna play your silly game of gotcha? No, I’m not.
And frankly, this is why people have lost trust, and I know you’re going to go print the headline tomorrow, I already know this, we already know how your game works. “Vivek Ramaswamy refuses to condemn white supremacy” because I know how your game works.
The reality is that I condemn vicious racial discrimination in this country but the kind of vicious and systematic racism that we see today is discrimination on the basis of race in a very different direction.
You wanna know what the best way is to end discrimination on the basis of race. Stop discriminating on the basis of race. Do that and we’re going to move this country forward. And I don’t care whether you’re black or white or brown, or anything in between. That’s how we’re going to unite this country.
You people have been responsible for dividing this country to a breaking point, creating a projection of national division. I meet people from the South Side of Chicago to meetings like this one, of every shade of melanin, from man to woman — doesn’t make a difference — who are hungry for reviving unity in this country. And you with your catechism that you try to get politicians to whatever fake headline you’re going to print on the basis of this conversation tomorrow. That’s what’s dividing this country to a breaking point. Shame on you. Look people in the eye and tell them what you’ve actually failed to tell them for the last five years. Own the accountability for your own failures as the media. That’s how we rebuild trust in this country. And until then, I don’t have a lot of patience to play the games.
It’s hard to imagine a better takedown of a reporter. He just destroys the reporter and this whole kind of attack.
So, the liberal media is going to try to play this game, even on a candidate who is not white? That shows you, again, how empty this whole tactic is. I think he disabused her of that in a hurry.
People just loved it.
Very powerful and worth two minutes. https://t.co/9EbNirpp4Z— Bill Ackman (@BillAckman) January 3, 2024
This is how it's done https://t.co/ZLOxdkI6px— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) January 3, 2024
Vivek himself said, “This is the stupidest question I’ve gotten yet from the media.And that says a lot.”