Vivek Ramaswamy says leftists are "creating new waves of racism"

 January 5, 2024

Critics have accused Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy of being a white supremacist, and his week saw journalists attempt to confront him over the issue.

Yet in a move sure to leave members of left-wing media melting down, Ramaswamy quickly swatted those allegations aside. 

Candidate denounces "new religion of modern wokeism"

The first example came during a press conference on Tuesday when a Washington Post reporter complained that Ramaswamy "didn't condemn white supremacy."

Ramaswamy posted a video of the exchange on X, the platformer previously known as Twitter, along with a caption that read, "This is the stupidest question I’ve gotten yet from the media. And that says a lot."

In the clip, he can be heard saying, "I'm not going to recite some catechism for you. I'm against vicious racial discrimination in this country." Ramaswamy then said he would not be "pledging allegiance to your new religion of modern wokeism."

The issue was raised again a day later by NBC News reporter Dasha Burns. However, Ramaswamy once again showed no signs of backing down.

Ramaswamy notes that some activists consider the family to be racist

"I said this last night--invidious racial discrimination is wrong no matter how it happens," he began. "But if a Washington Post reporter is asking me almost like a catechism...' Do you denounce white supremacy?' it's incumbent on us to define what white supremacy is."

"I wrote my book 'Woke Inc.' and I've written about the detailed understanding of what the popular understanding these term have come to mean," Ramaswamy said

He then pointed out how some activists consider punctuality, the written word, and the nuclear family to be white supremacist concepts.

"Let's look at where black lives are being lost"

When Burns accused Ramaswamy of putting forward a strawman argument and mentioned violence by white supremacists, the candidate made clear that he wasn't having it.

"If you really care about actual crime against black Americans, let's get to the root cause of it in the inner cities of this country," Ramaswamy shot back.

"If you want to say black lives matter, let's look at where black lives are being lost. It's in the cities, at the hands of other black Americans and criminals aren't restrained by the absence and retreat of police," he asserted.

Later, Ramaswamy slammed leftists for obsessing over "white guilt" and accused them of "creating new waves of racism that we otherwise would have avoided."

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