Vivek Ramaswamy’s protection of Donald J. Trump at Wednesday’s debate rapidly devolved right into a laundry record of far-right conspiracy theories.
After attacking his opponents for turning on Mr. Trump after supporting him, Mr. Ramaswamy took intention at “the deep state” as the true enemy of the American individuals.
That amorphous entity, Mr. Ramaswamy claimed, clearly had a task within the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol.
“Why am I the one particular person, on this stage at the least, who can say that Jan. 6 now does seem like it was an inside job?” Mr. Ramaswamy stated. (Dozens of felony indictments and bipartisan congressional investigations rebut Mr. Ramaswamy’s argument.)
Whereas Mr. Trump has tried to make these convicted of crimes for his or her actions on Jan. 6 into political martyrs, the assertion that the riot was by some means an “inside job” is extra typically confined to the fever swamps of conspiracy theories.
As if studying a far-right message board, Mr. Ramaswamy continued, claiming that the 2020 election was stolen by “massive tech” (a number of intelligence businesses called it “probably the most safe in American historical past”) and that the 2016 election, which Mr. Trump received, was additionally “stolen from him by the nationwide safety institution” due to the investigation into allegations that his marketing campaign had colluded with Russia.
And Mr. Ramaswamy claimed that the “nice substitute concept” — the racist concept that minorities, generally manipulated by Jews, need to exchange white Individuals — was not a conspiracy concept however as an alternative a “fundamental assertion of the Democratic Social gathering’s platform.”
The “nice substitute concept” has been creeping into the conservative mainstream, popularized by hosts like Tucker Carlson, and has been referenced by a number of mass shooters.