The Republican candidate has made inaccurate claims about climate change as well as the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, while mischaracterizing his own positions and past comments.
He portrayed his generation and younger ones as “empty souls living meaningless lives,” He’s a young man running an anti-youth campaign; a centerpiece of Ramaswamy’s platform is a call to strip the right to vote from most people under 25 unless they pass a civics test.
“The reality is more people are dying of bad climate change policies than they are of actual climate change.” In campaign appearances and social media posts, Mr. Ramaswamy has pointed to a decline in the number of disaster-related deaths in the past century, even as emissions have risen.
False. There is no evidence to support this assertion. He argued that limiting the use of fossil fuels would hamper the ability to deliver power, heat homes and pump water during extreme weather events.
The World Meteorological Organization, a United Nations agency, estimated in May that extreme weather events, compounded by climate change, caused nearly 12,000 disasters and a death toll of 2 million between 1970 and 2021. Extreme heat causes about 600 deaths in the United States a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A 2021 study found that a third of heat-related deaths could be attributed to climate change.
What Mr. Ramaswamy Said in regards t o January 6th….
“A percentage of the people who were armed were federal law-enforcement officers. I think it was probably high, actually. Right? There’s very little evidence of people being arrested for being armed that day. Most of the people who were armed, I assume the federal officers who were out there were armed.”
False. Mr. Ramaswamy has echoed the right-wing talking point that the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol did not involve weapons and was largely peaceful. His spokeswoman argued that he was merely asking questions.
As early as this month, 104 out of about 1,100 total defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon, according to the Justice Department. At least 13 face gun charges.
Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey said to Ramaswamy: “In your book, you had much different things to say about Donald Trump than you’re saying here tonight.”
Mr. Ramaswamy: “That’s not true.”
During the debate, Mr. Ramaswamy vigorously defended Mr. Trump, calling him “ the best president of the 21st century.” Mr. Christie was correct that Mr. Ramaswamy was much more critical of Mr. Trump in his books.
In his 2022 book, “Nation of Victims,” Mr. Ramaswamy wrote that despite voting for Mr. Trump in 2020, “what he delivered in the end was another tale of grievance, a persecution complex that swallowed much of the Republican Party whole.”
Mr. Ramaswamy said….“Much of our military defense spending in the last several decades has not actually gone to national defense.”
False. The amount the United States has spent on security assistance pales in comparison to general military spending and homeland security spending.
According to the federal government’s foreign assistance portal, military aid to other countries ranged from $6 billion to $23 billion annually from the fiscal years 2000 to 2022, peaking in the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 when aid to Afghanistan alone topped $10 billion a year.
Nikki Haley, former United Nations ambassador said to Ramaswamy….“You want to go and defund Israel, you want to give Taiwan to China. You want to go and give Ukraine to Russia.”
In a nearly hour long speech at the Nixon Library this month, Mr. Ramaswamy said his administration would “defend Taiwan if China invades Taiwan before we have semiconductor independence in this country,” which he estimated he could achieve by 2028. But, he continued, “thereafter, we will be very clear that after the U.S. achieves semiconductor independence, our commitments to send our sons and daughters to put them in harm’s way will change.”
On Russia’s war in Ukraine, Mr. Ramaswamy has said he would no longer fund or supply Ukraine, “freeze the current lines of control” — which includes several southeastern regions of Ukraine — and pledge to prohibit Ukraine from being admitted to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization if Russia ended its “alliance” with China. (The two countries do not have a formal alliance.)