Mainstream media reporters are continuing to harangue Vivek Ramaswamy over his recent comments in response to repeated questions about white supremacist violence.
The presidential candidate was grilled by an NBC News reporter who claimed he was downplaying white supremacist violence when he reiterated in an earlier interview that he denounces “all forms of violent racial discrimination.” The back and forth caused the reporter, Dasha Burns, to lose her cool halfway through a video capturing the exchange.
“I said this last night: invidious racial discrimination is wrong no matter how it happens. But if a Washington Post reporter is asking me almost like a catechism… it’s incumbent on us to define what white supremacy is,” Ramaswamy said, citing examples where he claims far-left progressives have equated punctuality and the nuclear family with white supremacy.
“Do you believe punctuality is a vestige of white supremacy, Dasha?” he shot back. “Because if you don’t, you have a disagreement with many of the people who are defining those terms.”
“These aren’t my words. These are the words of intellectual proponents from Ibram Kendi to the Ayanna Pressleys to BLM that have said these are vestiges of white supremacy, so you can’t have it both way.”
Talking over Burns as she accused him of leveling “straw man arguments” and “cherry-picking” examples, Ramaswamy accused the mainstream media of ignoring the most common instances of violent crime in the country.
“If you look at actual crime against Black Americans, let’s get to the root causes of it in the inner cities of this country,” he continued before swatting away data on white supremacist violence from the Anti-Defamation League, which he called “not a particularly credible source.”
“Who are we supposed to look to when we’re talking about this?” Burns asked incredulously, voice rising in anger. “The reality is right now Republicans are starting to gain traction with the Black community, with Latino voters. Do you not worry that your rhetoric is pushing them away?”
Challenged on the point that some GOP insiders are “concerned” about Ramaswamy’s rhetoric, he shot back that he is “concerned about their corruption.”
As one of only two candidates of color seeking the GOP nod for president, Ramaswamy has carved out a niche role by refusing to deflect tough questions about his positions on racial topics from white supremacy to affirmative action. He has tangled with activists politely, explaining his positions with vigor and without vitriol, leading some conservative minority voters to believe he is the best shot to take on an aging white Democratic president in 2024.
“One of the most prominent Black influencers the other day, what did she say? ‘I’ve been Black my whole life, and this man could actually unify this country,” Ramaswamy recounted, referencing himself.