Monday, December 11, 2023

The Knives are out for Vivek Ramaswamy

No other candidate has electrified the voting public in the 2024 election cycle like Vivek Ramaswamy. Young, articulate, persuasive and successful, Ramaswamy has recently broken out from a pack of otherwise nondescript, boring, lifeless Republican presidential candidates.

And thus, the knives have come out…

A couple months ago, Ramaswamy was in the middle of the mud bog with every other candidate not named Trump, polling around 1%. Yet, his willingness to speak on whatever platform would have him began to turn some heads. Whoever is advising Ramaswamy’s should ultimately be brought onto the Trump team once the primaries are over because the strategy has been sensational.

Unlike the uncomfortable, waffling approach DeSantis has taken regarding Trump, Ramaswamy has been effusive in his praise of the former president. This approach has boosted his popularity among the base, and, more importantly, helped Ramaswamy avoid Trump’s wrath.

A particularly clever aspect of the Ramaswamy campaign is his use of the platform to reach out to younger voters. Again, this helps him largely steer clear of Trump, but more importantly, sets the framework for a 2028 campaign. Millennials and Z are lost generations, and Ramaswamy’s persuasive and upbeat style is bringing hope to young people who have been indoctrinated from birth to believe their lives are hopeless and meaningless.

It’s very potent and powerful stuff, and it’s reflected in the polls that show Ramaswamy is now the preferred candidate among young, college educated Republicans.

The Deep State Awakens

It started with his take on the Ukraine war. Ramaswamy wants to give Putin the land Russia illegally seized from Ukraine in exchange for Putin removing nuclear weapons from Kaliningrad and breaking up his cozy relationship with Xi Jinping. That followed an announcement that Ramaswamy intends to end the Israeli foreign aid program when the current deal expires in 2028. Perhaps most alarming, Ramaswamy seemed to suggest that he would cede Taiwan to China, as long as Xi agreed to not attack Taiwan until 2028, when Ramaswamy expects the U.S. to be semiconductor independent.

After hitting double digits in the polls, the establishment had enough, and the media destruction machine began to gear up.

Dick Morris, who is a staunch Trump supporter, slammed Ramaswamy for his stance on ending aid to Israel. Morris believes withdrawing financial support would undermine the foundation of the Camp David accords, which established peace between Israel and Egypt that endured for five decades. He also highlighted the contributions Israel has made to our own defense by using the money we provide for research, yielding advanced weaponry like the “Iron Dome” missile defense system.

Refusing to pass on the chance to raise the age and experience issue, Morris said, “This episode proves that in these perilous times there is no reason to bet on an amateur when we have a seasoned ‘pro’ like Donald Trump.”

Later, in an interview on CNN with Kaitlyn Collins, Ramaswamy displayed his frustration with an obvious attempt to distort his position on Taiwan. Collins zeroed in on a quote from Ramaswamy where he advocated arming every Taiwan citizen with a gun to deter an attack from China. Collins condescendingly wondered how handguns would be sufficient to thwart a Chinese military effort that included a naval blockade, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Ultimately, because Ramaswamy repeated her name five times consecutively before answering, he was accused of mansplaining.

The most recent attempt to derail Ramaswamy revolves around comments he made related to 9/11 in an interview with the Atlantic, where he seemed to compare the federal government’s deception on January 6th to possible deceit and misinformation surrounding 9/11.

“I think it is legitimate to say how many police, how many federal agents, were on the planes that hit the Twin Towers,” Ramaswamy said. “Maybe the answer is zero. It probably is zero for all I know, right? I have no reason to think it was anything other than zero, but if we’re doing a comprehensive assessment of what happened on 9/11, we have a 9/11 commission, absolutely that should be an answer the public knows the answer to.”

In the full context of the interview, it’s clear that Ramaswamy’s point was that the government cannot be taken at its word. Nowhere did he contend that any U.S. department or agency was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but he did (rightly) question the role of the Saudi Arabia government in the attacks.

Naturally, the leftist media is twisting the context to fit an evolving narrative designed to portray Ramaswamy as some inexperienced, naïve, conspiratorial right wing nut job who would jeopardize global peace.

Expect More Scrutiny and Criticism

It’s important to understand that the veracity of the attacks against Ramaswamy isn’t really the point. Right now, he has the shine of a polished apple, and he has caught the attention of the establishment. They’re listening now and finding too many of his ideas are aligned with Trump. Perhaps more alarming, he is appealing to younger despondent voters, which is the future of the Democratic party. Woke leftists need these people to remain hopeless and desperate so they vote Democrat. Preaching optimism is an anathema to the left’s desire for authoritarian control.

If Ramaswamy continues to gain traction, expect more criticism, distortion and hammering on his age and inexperience. The Deep State wants to cut this guy down to size.

The knives are out.