Discover Vivek Ramaswamy’s alignment with ex-Congressman Steve King in Iowa, highlighting their shared political views and Ramaswamy’s controversial remarks at the GOP primary debate, amidst scrutiny over past white supremacy claims.
This week saw the return of former Republican congressman from Iowa, Steve King, who is known for having a record of making offensive and racist remarks.
Following his defense of the terms “white nationalism” and “white supremacy” in a 2019 interview with the New York Times, which garnered broad bipartisan condemnation, Steve King lost the GOP primary for his seat in 2020. He served for 18 years in Congress.
Additionally, in the past, King has backed far-right politicians in Europe and spoken disparagingly of immigrants from Mexico. When he candidly expressed his wish for an America that is “just so homogenous that we look a lot the same” in a 2017 interview with CNN, neo-Nazi groups and KKK leaders praised him.
King has stated his desire to caucus for the Ohio businessman Ramaswamy, even though he hasn’t formally endorsed.
Ramaswamy and King’s Political Partnership
On Wednesday, King campaigned alongside fellow Republican contender for president, Vivek Ramaswamy. Ramaswamy welcomed Steve King’s support, and King was seen riding on his campaign bus.
As Ramaswamy continues his state-wide barnstorming, the two have collaborated on numerous campaigns, speaking out against using eminent domain to develop carbon capture pipelines in Iowa. Ramaswamy pointed out that the eminent domain issue was what brought them together.
In addition, Ramaswamy defended King when challenged by the media and labeled King as a “good man” who “deeply cares about this country.” Ramaswamy says the media has “misunderstood and misportrayed” King’s remarks.
Ramaswamy defended King, stating, “I don’t think Steve King is a white supremacist. I don’t think he’s even close to that. I’ve gotten to know him only very recently in recent weeks”, in response to an Iowa voter who on Tuesday accused King of being a white supremacist.
He continued by saying that “even if” King “had views on a different topic that I disagree with, he agrees with me on the right topic here, of not using eminent domain to seize land that belongs to farmers who don’t want a carbon dioxide capture pipeline across their land. I will always stand with somebody who says the right thing, regardless of affiliation, even if they’re from another party.”
The fact that Ramaswamy embraced King highlights his tendency to accept conspiracy theories and extremist viewpoints, which frequently echoes the ideas of the far-right wing of the Republican Party.
Ramaswamy’s Claims in the GOP Debate
Ramaswamy created several baseless and inaccurate conspiracy theories on a national scale during the most recent GOP primary debate, which took place last week in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He asserted that the Capitol attack on January 6 was “an inside job,” an assertion refuted by the House Select Committee investigation and numerous prosecutions of January 6 defendants.
Additionally, Ramaswamy said that “big tech” was responsible for the 2020 election theft. He also made a falsified accusation that the Democratic Party’s platform supports the racist conspiracy theory known as the “great replacement theory,” which believes that non-White people are purposefully “replacing” White people in the United States.
A conspiracy theory concerning Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, who was the object of a far-right paramilitary group’s 2020 kidnapping plot, was also promoted by Ramaswamy.
Ramaswamy and his knack for conspiracy theories are never-ending, which can be seen reflecting on multiple occasions.
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