Vivek Ramaswamy got heated as he responded to what he called the “stupidest question” he’s received from the media so far. The question related to white supremacist accusations against Ramaswamy.
White supremacy accusations
Ramaswamy was hesitant to give a simple yes or no answer when a Washington Post reporter asked him whether he condemns “white supremacy and white nationalism.” “Of course, I condemn any form of vicious racial discrimination in this country,” he said. “But I think that the presumption of your question is fundamentally based on a falsehood that really is the main form of racial discrimination we see in this country today.”
Racist affirmative action
The Republican expanded on his argument by stating that institutionalized racism is “based on affirmative action” and “discriminating against people on the color of their skin in a way that’s actually institutionalized today.”
WAPO reporter calls out Vivek
However, the Washington Post reporter was evidently unsatisfied with his answer, as she responded, “You didn’t say that you condemn white supremacy though.” Ramaswamy was noticeably agitated by the comment as he geared up to reply.
No backing down
“I’m not going to recite some catechism for you,” he declared. “I’m against vicious racial discrimination in this country. So I’m not pledging allegiance to your new religion of modern wokeism, which absolutely fits the test. I’m not going to bend the knee to your religion.”
Ramaswamy doubles down
Ramaswamy continued by doubling down and accusing the reporter of ulterior motives. “Do I condemn vicious racial discrimination? Yes, I do. Am I going to play your silly game of gotcha? No, I’m not. And frankly, this is why people have lost trust.”
In the Republican’s view, the reporter was simply looking for a catchy, controversial headline that would misrepresent his views. “We already know how your game works. ‘Vivek Ramaswamy refuses to condemn white supremacy’ because you asked a stupid question,” he scoffed. “The reality is, I condemn vicious racial discrimination in this country. But the kind of vicious and systematic racial discrimination we see today is discrimination on the basis of race in a very different direction.”
Ramaswamy’s racism solution
The politician then moved on to sharing his own solution to the issue of discrimination. “You want to know what the best way is to end discrimination on the basis of race?” he asked. “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.”
Reporter under fire
Not yet finished with his fiery response, Ramaswamy declared that it is not him but people like the reporter who have actually been creating division. “You people have been responsible for dividing this country to a breaking point, creating a projection of national division.”
Ramaswamy shames reporter
Finally, the politician hammered his point home before moving on to further questions. “And you with your catechism that you try to get to these 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,” he said.
‘Stupidest question’ yet
After one of his supporters posted the fiery exchange to X, Ramaswamy responded to the tweet by saying, “This is the stupidest question I’ve gotten yet from the media. And that says a lot.”
Several of Ramaswamy’s fellow Republicans were quick to show their support for the presidential candidate. Journalist Mindy Robinson replied, “‘Because nothing fights racism more…than more racism.’ ~the Left.”
Support for Vivek
Right Angle News Network shared similar sentiments, replying to Ramaswamy by saying, “The media can’t play games with you Vivek. You shut them right down and get your point across in the most polite way possible. We are proud of you Vivek and you will do great things for this country! Follow if you also support Vivek!”