Vivek Ramaswamy is one of the most interesting candidates in the current presidential campaign. In a recent survey revealed by Fox News Digital, the 38-year-old businessman surprised many with his recent growth in the polls, positioning himself third at 11% of the Republican field and just five percentage points behind Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who ranks second quite far from former President Donald Trump.
Now Ramaswamy is trying to keep the momentum going into next week’s debate in Milwaukee, organized by Fox News.
To do this, the Republican outlier sat down with Tucker Carlson, the famous former Fox News host, to discuss various topics: the essence of his political campaign, U.S. foreign policy, as well as the political, economic and social situation of this country.
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Ramaswamy: Americans “can’t handle the truth”
One of the most profound themes Ramaswamy touched on was his political platform values, which, in his view, differs from traditional parties in terms of trusting people with “the truth.”
According to the businessman, the youngest presidential candidate in U.S. history, there is a “bipartisan consensus” that Americans “can’t handle the truth.” Ramaswamy does not believe this.
“I think that there’s a bipartisan consensus in this country right now that we the people, we can’t handle the truth,” Ramaswamy told Tucker Carlson. “It’s like Jack Nicholson at the end of the movie, right? ‘You can’t handle the truth, you need me on that wall.’ My view, my basic view in this campaign is no, we don’t need you on that wall and yes, we can handle the truth.”
That is why Ramaswamy asked for honesty and that several of the “secrets” that today remain hidden from citizens be revealed: for example, the truth about Hunter Biden’s business dealings, the real origins of COVID-19 and what happened on January 6 when a large group of protesters stormed the Capitol.
The LGBTQ community is like a cult
The candidate, who spoke at length about various topics in the 45-minute interview, also made a critical and striking commentary against the “modern” LGBTQ community, accusing it of acting like a nonsensical religious sect.
“These are cult-like belief systems. Right, because if it’s a religious cult, then you don’t have any obligation to logic if you’re subscribing to a religion,” Ramaswamy told the conservative host. “And the worst religions are the ones that fail to recognize themselves as religions … The most dangerous religions of all are those that claim to be secular but are actually religious in their conviction...”
A different approach to foreign policy
The candidate also spoke strongly against the current foreign policy of the United States, especially concerning support for Ukraine, a country immersed in a war with Russia and which has received an astronomical amount of money from the federal government.
According to Ramaswamy, who admitted he doesn’t have much foreign policy experience, Ukraine may be the next Iraq or Vietnam and become another historical stain on American foreign policy.
“One of my advantages is that I’m not, some people say well, ‘you don’t have foreign policy experience,’ and I’ll say, ‘yes, I don’t have foreign policy experience and that can actually be an advantage to bring a rational, American policy...’” the Republican candidate explained.
“So you’re not responsible for the war in Iraq and that’s a bad thing,” Tucker Carlson replied with a touch of sarcasm, briefly interrupting the candidate.
“Yeah, well, I think we can debate whether it’s a bad thing or not, but if you break the car, you don’t turn over the keys to the guy that broke it,” Ramaswamy said. “That’s what I would say. And so, I think that we are on our way to Ukraine turning into another Iraq or another Vietnam all over again, except this time I think could be worse because there’s nuclear weapons at issue.”