Republican 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy declared during the first GOP primary debate that “climate change” is a “hoax.”
Ramaswamy triggered a furious response from the Fox News audience and his fellow candidates while making the bold declaration.
During the Fox News debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ramaswamy came out swinging.
The successful American entrepreneur jumped in on a question about “climate change.”
Before others spoke, Ramaswamy said he was the only person on the debate stage that was “not bought and paid for.”
“Let us be honest as Republicans,” Ramaswamy said over the top of the other candidates as he took control of the conversation.
“I’m the only person on the stage who isn’t bought and paid for, so I can say this,” Ramaswamy said, provoking outrage from his rivals and boos from the audience.
“The climate change agenda is a hoax,” Ramaswamy declared.
“We have to declare independence from it,” he added as the crowd erupted.
“The reality is the anti-carbon agenda is the wet blanket on our economy.”
VIVEK: "I'm the only person on the stage who isn't bought and paid for, so I can say this. The climate change agenda is a hoax!"
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The comments come after Ramaswamy recently warned the American people that Democrat President Joe Biden is not actually “running the country.”
Ramaswamy, a rising star in the GOP primary, says Biden is being used as a “puppet” by unelected bureaucrats.
The Republican, who is now polling in second place behind President Donald Trump, issued the warning at a conservative conference while speaking with radio host Erick Erickson.
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During a recent wide-ranging interview with independent news anchor Tucker Carlson, Ramaswamy also warned that America is “on the cusp of chaos” and heading for “a 1776 moment.”
Ramaswamy made the comment while responding to critics of his views that elements of the 9/11 attacks have been hidden from the public.
He argues that the government, the 9/11 Commission, and the FBI lied about certain events surrounding the attacks.
“It’s not okay for the government to lie to us,” he told Carlson.
“We, the people live in a moment where the government believes that citizens of this nation cannot be trusted with the truth,” Ramaswamy noted.
“I think we’re on the cusp of chaos, there is definitely something going on… we are in a fall of 1775, spring of 1776 moment…” he added.