One of the most surprising developments in the Presidential race thus far has been the rapid rise of Vivek Ramaswamy.
His non-traditional approach to winning the GOP nomination is clearly resonating.
And now Vivek Ramaswamy just became a top enemy of the woke left-wing outrage mob after he dropped one truth about woke extremism.
Republican Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has been unafraid to confront those who aren’t generally amenable to conservatives.
In a social media post, Ramaswamy said, “When someone says they’re trans, it usually means *something else* is badly wrong in their life. Let’s abandon the farce that the “humane” thing to do is to affirm their confusion, rather than to actually help. It’s inhumane.”
When someone says they’re trans, it usually means *something else* is badly wrong in their life. Let’s abandon the farce that the “humane” thing to do is to affirm their confusion, rather than to actually help. It’s inhumane. pic.twitter.com/cKVRUnKuaq
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 16, 2023
He’s right, of course.
A new approach that is sorely lacking?
In another incident that allowed him to expand on his views, Ramaswamy was confronted this week by a self-described “pansexual” activist who asked his opinion on LGBTQQIP2SAA+ issues.
Without missing a beat, he engaged respectfully, and calmly but nonetheless realistically.
In an all too rare showing of mutual civility, the interaction serves as a great example of how to express one’s own viewpoint without compromising, and without seeing the conversation devolve into attacks from either side.
At the Iowa State Fair, the activist asked the Republican candidate about his opinions on the “LGBTQ+ community.”
A “pan-sexual” LGBTQIA+ activist approached me at the Iowa State Fair with a question. I answered directly: in the name of protecting against tyranny of the majority, we’ve created a new tyranny of the minority. That’s just the TRUTH. https://t.co/4GQxcwfQIi
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) August 14, 2023
“Well, I don’t think it’s one community,” Ramaswamy answered.
“Really?” the activist reacted.
“Yeah,” Ramaswamy continued. “I mean, how could it be? Just mash together an alphabet soup. Trans is fundamentally in tension with gay if you ask me. But what’s your opinion?”
That seemed to be a masterful stroke, turning the question back on the activist, as it seemed to diffuse the situation.
“I personally am pansexual,” the activist responded, before asking his views on same-sex couples.
“I don’t have a negative view of same-sex couples, but I do have a negative view of a tyranny of the minority,” Ramaswamy said. “So, I think that in the name of protecting against the tyranny of the majority, and there are times in this country’s history where we have had a tyranny of the majority. We have now in the name of protecting against tyranny of the majority created a new tyranny of the minority.”
“And I think that that’s wrong. I don’t think that somebody who’s religious should be forced to officiate a wedding that they disagree with,” he continued. “I don’t think somebody who is a woman who’s worked really hard for her achievements should be forced to compete against a biological man in a swim competition. I don’t think that somebody who’s a woman that respects her bodily autonomy and dignity should be forced to change clothes in a locker room with a man. That’s not freedom. That’s oppression.”
He concluded with, “And so I think a lot of the frustration in the country, and if I’m being really honest that I also share, comes from that new culture of oppression where saying those things can actually get somebody punished. And in my case, it’s part of why it’s my responsibility to say them, and I respect that you have a different opinion. And that’s okay. Part of what makes our country great is that you and I can be civil and have this conversation and that we live in a country that still gives us — each of us the right to speak to a Presidential candidate and back and still say that we pledge allegiance to the same nation. So I think that’s the beauty of our country. And that’s my honest opinion.”
The exchange ended with the activist thanking Ramaswamy, who then thanked her “for her civility as well.”
All in all, it was a great example of how civil debate between those with very different viewpoints is possible if it’s done in good faith by both sides.
The public seems to agree with his approach as well, as his national polling average has doubled in the Real Clear Politics polling average over the course of the summer.
US Political Daily will keep you updated on any developments to this ongoing story.