“The Government Absolutely Lied to Us”: Ramaswamy Tries to Clarify 9/11 Conspiracy Theory Remarks

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has come under fire for his conspiracy-laden remarks regarding the 9/11 attacks and the events of January 6 at the Capitol.

Republican Remarks Are Criticised for Being Full of Conspiracies

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Vivek Ramaswamy, a Republican presidential candidate, received criticism for making conspiracy-laden statements concerning the attacks of 9/11 and the January 6 on the Capitol.  

“We Have a 9/11 Commission, Absolutely That Should Be an Answer the Public Knows the Answer To”

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“I think it is legitimate to say how many police, how many federal agents, were on the planes that hit the Twin Towers,” Ramaswamy said in an Atlantic story published Monday. “Maybe the answer is zero. It probably is zero for all I know, right? I have no reason to think it was anything other than zero. But if we’re doing a comprehensive assessment of what happened on 9/11, we have a 9/11 commission, absolutely that should be an answer the public knows the answer to.”  

Tragedy of 9/11

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On 11 September 2001, four aircraft departed from Boston, Washington, and Newark, subsequently seized by terrorists. Two planes impacted the World Trade Center towers situated in Manhattan. One struck the Pentagon in Virginia. A passenger uprising on the fourth plane led to its crash in a Pennsylvania field before it could reach its intended target: the Capitol or the White House.  

Over 2,977 Dead

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The tragic loss of life amounted to 2,977, with thousands sustaining injuries. Over 2,000 survivors and initial responders have succumbed to cancer and other ailments linked to the crash sites. The US ascribed al-Qaida responsibility, sparking conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq and engagements elsewhere where millions perished.  

“What Was the Reality About January 6?”

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In the Atlantic feature, Ramaswamy did not restrict his conspiracy-tinged statements to 9/11. He made that statement after being queried: “What was the reality about January 6?” The lethal assault on Congress by Donald Trump’s supporters aimed to overturn the 2020 election. “I don’t know, but we can handle [the truth],” Ramaswamy stated. “Whatever it is, we can handle it. Government agents. How many government agents were in the field? Right?”  

Ramaswamy Clarifies Comments

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The 37-year-old biotech entrepreneur from Ohio did not assert the central claim of the “9/11 Truther” movement—that the United States was responsible for or participating in the attacks. Additionally, Ramaswamy moved quickly to explain he was referring to the Saudi Arabian government’s account of the incident when footage of the encounter was posted online by Blaze TV. However, the Wall Street Journal, headquartered in Manhattan, was one of several to criticize him.  

“Ramaswamy Isn’t Ready for Demands of the Presidency”

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The editorial board of the Wallstreet Journal referred to a well-known conspiracy theorist, saying: “Oh, dude. What “data and evidence” is he referring to? A show on Alex Jones? More of these forays into political exotica, it said, will lead many people to believe that Mr. Ramaswamy isn’t prepared for his close-up, much less the duties of the presidency.  

“I Explicitly Said That the Government Absolutely Lied to Us”

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Ramaswamy voiced his opposition to this treatment in a variety of forums, including a conversation with former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson. Ramaswamy stated in the interview that the issue surrounding his 9/11 statements would not be a “campaign-ender,” and he continued, “I explicitly said that the government absolutely lied to us. The 9/11 Commission lied. The FBI lied. Now, is this a core point of my campaign? No, it’s not.”  

“Is Ramaswamy Implying the Federal Government Was Behind 9/11?”

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“Oh my god,” tweeted Democratic national press secretary and rapid response director Ammar Moussa, “Not only is Vivek spreading conspiracy theories about January 6, but now is implying the federal government was behind 9/11? What are we doing here?”  

“We Can Handle the Truth”

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Ramaswamy further argued that while “Al-Qaeda clearly planned and carried out the attacks,” “we have never fully addressed who knew what in the Saudi government about it.” “We can handle the TRUTH.”  

Ramaswamy Raises His Standing in GOP Polling

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With a barrage of television and other media appearances, Ramaswamy has increased his national exposure and, with it, his status in GOP primary polling. He frequently makes news for putting out contentious views. As part of that, it has been suggested that the voting age be raised to 25 unless a young adult is in the military, a first responder, or has passed the citizenship test.  

“Vivek Was Taken Badly Out of Context”

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When Ramaswamy’s campaign was contacted for a response on Tuesday, his spokesperson stated: “The audio clearly demonstrates that Vivek was taken badly out of context, and even this small snippet proves that. We continue to encourage The Atlantic to release more of the recording, rather than their carefully selected snippet so that full context and reality are exposed. We encourage everyone to listen to it.”  

“Ramaswamy Doesn’t Think There Were Federal Agents on 9/11 and Jan 6 Flights”

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The spokesperson further remarked: “He was posing a question and comparison between the Jan 6 commission vs. 9/11 commission. He obviously doesn’t think there were federal agents on either flight.”  

Planned Milwaukee Discussion Participants Include Ramaswamy

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Ramaswamy, DeSantis, and other contenders are scheduled to participate in the initial debate in Milwaukee this Wednesday. It is probable that Ramaswamy’s statements concerning 9/11 will be brought up. Trump is abstaining from the debate. However, the former president has previously made contentious remarks about 9/11, such as asserting that “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey were observed celebrating the collapse of the New York towers (which did not occur) and claiming ownership of the tallest building in lower Manhattan following the World Trade Center’s destruction (which was untrue).  

Ramaswamy Eager to Win Over Trump Fans

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In an effort to attract Trump supporters, Ramaswamy appears enthusiastic about addressing similar issues. In a recent appearance on the conservative Blaze TV earlier this month, he was questioned about his views on whether 9/11 was an “inside job” or if it occurred “precisely as the government describes.”        

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