Rising Republican 2024 candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has warned that America is “on the cusp of chaos” and heading for “a 1776 moment.”
Ramaswamy made the comment during a wide-ranging interview with independent news anchor Tucker Carlson.
During the interview, Ramaswamy responds 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.
“In a democracy, it’s poison and it corrodes the system that we revere: democracy.”
However, the main focus of Ramaswamy’s points was the public’s dwindling trust in the government.
He asserted that the American people need hard truths and historical shifts in power dynamics.
“We’re going to have a reckoning,” he said.
“I think that reckoning is likely going to be 2024.”
Our “establishments” refuse to give us the truth, Ramaswamy says.
“We can handle the truth,” he argues.
He extends the analogy to a new American Revolution.
“We, the people live in a moment where the government believes that citizens of this nation cannot be trusted with the truth,” he noted.
“I think there is a bipartisan consensus in this country right now that we the people, we can’t handle the truth,” Ramaswamy then tells Carlson.
“It’s like Jack Nicholson at the end of movie, right?
“‘You can’t handle the truth, you need me on that wall.’
“My view, my basic view in this campaign is, ‘no, we don’t need you on that wall and yes, we can handle the truth.’”
“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 continues.
However, he warns “There’s a lot of ways that energy can go…”
“There’s a dam that’s going to break and the river’s going to go somewhere…
“I hope it leads towards national revival rather than… other places where this could go.”
Elsewhere, Ramaswamy emphasizes the importance of addressing defense vulnerabilities, both nuclear and cyber.
With regard to foreign relations, Ramaswamy raises concerns that arming Ukraine is driving Russia closer to China.
Additionally, he points out America’s dependence on Taiwan for its modern way of life and debates surrounding the Ukraine war and economic dependence on China.
“I will not send our sons and daughters to die over somebody else’s nationalistic dispute in the Ukraine war,” Ramaswamy told Carlson, suggesting instead to reopen economic ties and commit to NATO constraint.
Ramaswamy also told Carlson that the modern LGBTQ movement is a “religious cult,” making people justify their beliefs despite them being disconnected from logic.
“These are cult-like belief systems,” he said.
“Right, because if it’s a religious cult, then you don’t have any obligation to logic if you’re subscribing to a religion.
“And the worst religions are the ones that fail to recognize themselves as religions …
“The most dangerous religions of all are those that claim to be secular but are actually religious in their conviction.”
Ramaswamy also commented on how his views have caused him to lose campaign donors.
“I’d rather lose some election than to play some political snakes and ladders of what we’re supposed to say,” he said.
“And I think that that’s really one of the questions at issue today as it was in 1776.
“Do we believe that the public can be trusted with the truth?
“Whatever the truth is, just give me the hard truth.”
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— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) August 17, 2023