Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy may not be leading in the polls but leads in the number of viral posts showing his bold wit and quick thinking in responding to hecklers.
The latest example occurred on Wednesday when a reporter asked him if he condemns “white supremacy and white nationalism.”
The question was posed by a reporter from The Washington Post who caught up with Ramaswamy in Iowa as he was campaigning in advance of the first GOP primary.
Ramaswamy responded to the question and reprimanded the reporter at the same time.
“Of course, I condemn any form of vicious racial discrimination in this country. 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.”
Ramaswamy continued: “Institutionalized racism is institutionalized racial discrimination that we see that doesn’t come from somehow discriminating against people on the basis of some tentative white supremacy.”
Ramaswamy added. “It’s based on affirmative action. It’s based on actually discriminating against people on the color of their skin in a way that’s actually institutionalized today.”
The candidate went on to say that “questions and framings like that [have] … caused the American people to lose all trust in the mainstream media.”
The reporter pushed back, saying, “You didn’t say you condemn white supremacy.”
Ramaswamy, who has previously said that white supremacy is a fringe element in American society and that systemic racism is a manufactured term to perpetuate victimhood, shot back, “I’m not, I’m not gonna recite some catechism for you.”
“I’m not pledging allegiance to your new religion of modern wokeism,” Ramaswamy continued. “I’m not going to bend the knee to your religion. I’m sorry. I’m not asking you to bend the knee to mine and I’m not going to bend the knee to yours. But do I condemn vicious racial discrimination? Yes I do. Am I going to play your silly game of gotcha? No, I’m not.”
Condemning the left-leaning media, Ramaswamy said he “already knows” how the reporter’s “game” works and predicted she would post a headline that read, “Vivek Ramaswamy refuses to condemn white supremacy.”
Angry that many journalists have become mouthpieces for the DNC, Ramaswamy added:
“You asked a stupid question … I condemned vicious racial discrimination in this country … You want to know what the best way is to end discrimination on the basis of race? Stop discriminating on the basis of race.
“You people have been responsible for bringing this country to a breaking point, creating a projection of national division,” Ramaswamy continued. “I meet people from the South Side of Chicago to a meeting like this one of every shade of melanin, multiple from men to women, doesn’t make a difference, who are hungry for reviving unity in this country and you with this catechism that you try and get these politicians to whatever fake headline you’re going to put 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,” he continued. “That’s how we rebuild trust in this country and until then I don’t have a lot of patience to play the games.”
Ramaswamy’s fiery responses elicited applause from the crowd, just as it had on multiple other occasions.
Fox News captured some of the comments:
“This man is incredible,” sports and political commentator Jason Whitlock posted on X. “Wow.”
“Absolutely magnificent,” author and political commentator Ann Coulter wrote. “Every GOP should memorize this answer.”
Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, wrote, “Vivek gets it. Leveling up in real time. Based.”
Ramaswamy later said the Washington Post reporter’s question was the “stupidest question I’ve gotten yet from the media.”
He added wryly, “And that says a lot.”
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