Commentator Van Jones of CNN had some critiques for Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy following the fourth debate, and Ramaswamy was not going to take it lying down.
In response to Ramaswamy’s assertion that Democrats uphold the “Great Replacement Theory” during the discussion, Jones branded him a “very despicable person” and a “American demagogue.” Liberals and Jews, according to the Great Replacement Theory—which some regard as racist—are trying to increase immigration in order to displace white voters. According to Jones, he was “shaking” as he listened to Ramaswamy, the son of Indian immigrants, explain the idea. Further, Jones compared Ramaswamy’s remarks to “one step away from Nazi propaganda,” and she voiced her concern aloud that Ramaswamy will outlive Trump by fifty years.
Ramaswamy brought up Jones’s complaints and joked about them a few days later at the America Fest convention in Phoenix, Arizona, hosted by Turning Point USA. Jones was made fun of by him for his remarks about Ramaswamy being “dangerous” and for claiming that Jones was trembling about them throughout the argument. “Just shut the f— up,” he continued. Ramaswamy repeated his sentiment, including an expletive, to the cheers and standing ovation of the audience.
Despite a recent drop in polling numbers, Ramaswamy is one of the few contenders who has refrained from being attacked by former president Donald Trump, who is clearly leading the race. Trump recently made an attack on Joe Biden, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis during a rally he gave in New Hampshire. Then he spoke about Ramaswamy and added, “We like Ramaswamy,” explaining that this was due to the fact that “he likes Trump.” An apparent “personality defect,” according to Trump, is his preference for those who reciprocate his favor. Trump is the top choice of 60–70% of Republicans, according to recent polls on Republican candidates. Near the bottom of the pack, with only 10–13% of the vote, is Ron DeSantis.
On Wednesday, January 10, 2024, CNN will hold the next Republican debate.