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2024 presidential candidate says ‘conspiracy theory becomes truth’

Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy speaks during the third Republican presidential primary debate in Miami. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
December 16, 2023

Vivek Ramaswamy, a 2024 Republican presidential candidate, has generated controversy regarding several of his statements during the fourth Republican primary debate. The political outsider noted that “sometimes the truth is uncomfortable” and warned that ideas considered to be conspiracy theories “yesterday” often “becomes truth tomorrow.”

According to, during the fourth Republican presidential debate on Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Ramaswamy claimed that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from former President Donald Trump,” that January 6 “now does look like it was an inside job,” and that the federal government “lied to us for 20 years about Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11.”

Earlier this week, Ramaswamy emphasized to reporters outside of a campaign event at the Sioux Center in Iowa that “sometimes the truth is uncomfortable.” The Republican presidential candidate explained that while he would not have believed some of the statements he made during the debate just three years ago, he believes in the importance of “being grounded to the truth.”

“What was a conspiracy theory yesterday becomes truth tomorrow,” Ramaswamy told reporters. “That’s not the way a government leads a country. It’s not the way a president should lead the country. And as I said on the debate stage, if you want somebody who’s going to go in there and speak truth to power in the deep state, then vote for somebody who’s going to speak the truth to you. And sometimes the truth is uncomfortable.”

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Kedron Bardwell, a Simpson College political science professor, told that Ramaswamy’s recent claim that Democrat elites are utilizing the “great replacement theory” to intentionally replace white Americans in society “came out of left field.” Bardwell also argued that the theory is “one of the most radical or radicalizing theories.”

In response to the claims of people like Bardwell, who argue that Ramaswamy’s statements are “dangerous,” the presidential candidate told CNN’s Dana Bash, “I disagree. I think what’s dangerous is the suppression of open dialogue.”

Ramaswamy also explained, “As a leader, it is important to give people the permission to say in public what they will otherwise say in private.”