Republican contender for president Vivek Ramaswamy was retaliated against by Democratic congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts on Sunday after he called her and social justice writer Ibram Kendi “modern grand wizards” of the “modern KKK.”
The verbal abuse directed at Dr. Kendi and me is disgusting. It is dangerous and quite insulting,” Pressley said on Sunday.
The effort of “undoing the centuries of harm that has precisely been done to Black Americans and charting a path of true restorative justice and racial justice forward,” she said, is her main priority.
We were recently inundated with pictures of White nationalists brandishing tiki torches in Charlottesville. A White nationalist mob took over the Capitol not so long ago, she added, constructing nooses on the West Lawn and brandishing Confederate flags.
However, Ramaswamy maintained his stance, which he had first stated on Friday during a campaign rally in Iowa.
After saying, “I stand by what I said to provoke an open and honest discussion in this country,” Ramaswamy told CNN presenter Dana Bash about Sunday. And many Americans these days are pretty irritated with the anti-racism movement and how racism is just wearing new clothes.
Racism “comes from the modern left,” according to Ramaswamy, and it is “part of a dogma in this country.”
Ramaswamy made the first remarksresponding to a voter’s inquiry about whether he had recently encountered prejudice at his campaign stop on Friday in Iowa.
Pressley, according to Ramaswamy, “is a member of the ‘Squad.'” “We don’t want any more Black faces that don’t want to be Black voices—her words, not mine. We are done with Brown faces that refuse to be Brown voices.”
“These aren’t my words,” said Ramaswamy. “These are the words of the grand wizards of the modern KKK.”
According to reports, Ramaswamy made the Pressley comment during a 2019 campaign rally.
Later in the Friday event, Ramaswamy recited the first few words from Kendi’s book, “How To Be Antiracist.”
“It says this here,” “The remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination,” said Ramaswamy in his opening remarks. Future discrimination is the cure for current prejudice.”
In response to Ramaswamy, Kendi, The Klan of today despises me. Do you know who the Klan of today adores, too? The same contender Vivek consistently praises, and that would be none other than Donald Trump.”