On Thursday, Vivek Ramaswamy received a substantial amount of criticism from Sean Hannity subsequent to his disparagement of his competitor, Nikki Haley.
During an interview with Tucker Carlson, Ramaswamy provided insights on the recent terrorist acts targeting Israel. The interview was released on Tuesday.
“It is wrong what happened to Israel, and I call that out as a human being and as somebody who’s on a belief of some people are on the right side and the wrong side of a conflict,” he explained to Carlson. “But the selective nature of ignoring certain other conflicts, while even more importantly ignoring the interests of the U.S. right here at home is what irritates the heck out of me.”
Ramaswamy asserted that Haley possesses a potential pecuniary interest in the outcome of military conflicts.
“I don’t think she’s a child,” he continued. “I think that she is somebody that like many politicians in a position to get wealthier from war.”
When Ramaswamy came on the show, Hannity referenced the previously mentioned statements.
“What you’re doing here is– saying about Nikki Haley, is you’re saying that her concern for Israel is driven by financial and a corrupting influence,” Hannity querried. “And your explanation that there’s disproportionate focus on rape, kidnapping and murder of the Jewish people in this attack and they’re – and your quote, ‘that there are frankly financial and corrupting influences that lead them exactly to speak the way they do.’”
“Sean, that is a shameful mischaracterization,” Ramaswamy responded, defending himself.
“Hey, Vivek, wait a minute, stop right now. You do this in every single interview. You say stuff and then you deny it. You deny your own words. So, you know, why don’t you just own what you say and stand by it and stop playing these games?”
“Sean, I am owning what I said,” Ramaswamy came back before emphasizing his previous criticism of the “barbaric” swarm attack on Israel. “Where I differ from other candidates in this field is that I also believe that this is Israel’s decision to make. The U.S. should stand with Israel, but we need to be very careful not to enter a broader regional war in the Middle East.”
Hannity subsequently revisited Ramaswamy’s critique of Haley.
“I want an exact explanation for your exact comments that are there ‘frankly financial and corrupting influences that lead them exactly to speak the way that they do,’” Hannity argued. “What are financial corrupting influences that Nikki Haley is taking a position on? We’ve got pictures of dead babies decapitated, burned babies’ bodies. We’ve got the equivalent of what would be, population-wise in the U.S. over 37,000 dead Americans. So, how much more evidence do you need? What are you talking about?!”
Ramaswamy engaged in delay tactics, which elicited a response from Hannity who yelled, “Answer the question!”
“Well, the fact of the matter is, I think anybody who has been a military contractor, anybody who has made $8 million including on serving on the board of Boeing collecting stock options while running for U.S. president on corporate boards, has made money for military contracting through a family business is disqualified from being the U.S. president in a time of war. I think we cannot see our march to World War III in this country.”
In 2020, Haley tendered her resignation from the board of directors at Boeing. Based on a financial statement submitted earlier this year, it has been reported that she possesses a maximum of $250,000 worth of stock in the defense contractor.
The debate between Hannity and Ramaswamy persisted for several minutes.
Late in August, when questioned about the possibility of selecting biotech engineer Ramaswamy as a vice presidential nominee, ex-President Donald Trump expressed admiration for the GOP candidate.
President Trump expressed his admiration for Ramaswamy during a conversation with Glenn Beck.
“I think he’s great,” Trump explained to Beck.
“Look, anybody that’s said I’m the best president in a generation … and he said it a couple of times … I have to like a guy like that.”
Trump also expressed his opinions regarding the presidential campaign of Ramaswamy, suggesting that Ramaswamy has the potential to offer a novel viewpoint in the context of Washington politics.
Trump characterized Ramaswamy as “smart,” “young,” and “got a lot of talent.”
When inquired about the potential candidacy of Ramaswamy for the position of Vice President, President Trump responded by acknowledging his high level of intelligence with emphasis.
“He’s a very, very, very intelligent person. He’s got good energy, and he could be some form of something. I tell you, I think he’d be very good. I think he’s very good. I think he’s really distinguished himself,” Trump said.
Trump’s comments were made immediately after the initial Republican Party debate, during which he chose not to participate and instead committed to closely monitoring potential candidates for the vice presidential position.
The inclusion of Ramaswamy in Trump’s sphere of interest introduces an element of conjecture to the evolving political environment, particularly considering Ramaswamy’s swift ascent from an obscure underdog to a formidable competitor.
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