Vivek Ramaswamy, Republican presidential candidate and MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan had a heated discussion Tuesday after the White House hopeful seemed to avoid Hasan’s repeated questioning about his past criticisms of former President Trump. “You say that he
acted in a downright abhorrent manner, which makes him a threat to democracy.” Hasan asked Ramaswamy what was so abhorrent on “The Mehdi Hasan Show.” Ramaswamy replied, “What Trump said last week was wrong.” It was downright abhorrent. I’ve said it before and did so in my piece.” I’ve said it before and did so in my piece.”
“Let’s actually be really fair to your audience,” Ramaswamy told Hasan. Hasan asked Ramaswamy, “What was it that Donald Trump did that you found abhorrent?” [Trump]As Ramaswamy spoke, Hasan repeated his question: “What was it that Donald Trump did that you found to be downright disgusting?” The second time I ask the question. Can you explain to our viewers, your words? You keep repeating what you would do, but I want to hear what you actually said. Unless you’re scared of him — why won’t you say what he did that was ‘downright abhorrent,’?”
Ramaswamy said he would not let Hasan “stitch together three things from different places to create a caricature.” post on Jan. 12, 2021A photo of Ramaswamy’s 2021 post was shown across the screen as Hasan read the post aloud. Hasan said, “It’s just a question. It’s in your words and it’s displayed on the screen. What did he do to be so abhorrent?”
“I think that failing to unify this country is not what a leader should do. This is the reason I am running for president, to do things in a different way than previous presidents have done. Ramaswamy replied, “That’s the hard fact.” Ramaswamy, in recent weeks, has accused media of misquoting his statements. Most notably he claims The Atlantic misquoted in an article in which he seemed to suggest a conspiracy regarding the 9/11 attacks. Ramaswamy was the only Republican presidential candidate who defended Trump at the GOP primary debate last month. Christie claimed that Ramaswamy had “said much different things” about Trump on the stage than in his book.
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