Updated January 4th, 2024 at 09:32 IST

Vivek Ramaswamy hits back at reporter asking if he condemns white supremacy: ‘Stupid question’ 

Ramaswamy said it was not the white supremacy to be blamed but that an “affirmative action” was the need to avoid the racial conflicts within America.

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US 2024 Presidential candidate, Vivek Ramaswamy, on Wednesday lost his cool at a reporter after he was questioned whether he condemned the white supremacy at a campaign event in Scott County, Iowa. “Stupid question,” Ramaswamy hit back as he pressurised into answering if he derides the “white supremacy and white nationalism.”

The 38 year old, however, resorted to schooling the reporter. He maintained that it was not the white supremacy to be blamed but that an “affirmative action” was the need to avoid the racial conflicts within America.

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“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,” the 2024 presidential candidate lashed out.

“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. 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,” he continued to add.

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The GOP candidate added, there was “vicious forms of anti-black or anti-brown discrimination” that existed in the US, but said that the reporter must look “ in the rearview mirror to pose a question today that is so far removed from what the reality is.” Ramaswamy went on to add, “I think that it’s, frankly, questions and framings like that, that has caused the American public to lose all trust in the mainstream media.”

At this point, Republican hopeful was interrupted by the reporter, “You didn’t say that you condemn white supremacy.” Ramaswamy fired back, saying that “I’m not I’m not gonna recite some catechism for you,” reiterating that he’s “against vicious racial discrimination in this country.” He continued, “I’m not pledging allegiance to your new religion of modern wokeism.”

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‘Stop discriminating on the basis of race’: Ramaswamy

Ramaswamy, in an agitated tone, slammed reporter for asking “stupid question.” He asserted, “You want to 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.”

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The American reporter questioned Ramaswamy as he was endorsed by former Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, known to make controversial racial comments. “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization, how did that language become offensive?” King, 74, reportedly said in January 2019, causing a stir among US lawmakers on both sides of the aisles.

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Published January 4th, 2024 at 09:32 IST