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Narcissistic Ramaswamy a perfect candidate for the internet era

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Ruben Navarrette

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Vivek Ramaswamy is currently the fourth-place GOP candidate for U.S. president, behind only Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump, and Nikki Haley. He has taken radical far-right positions on some key issues, including arguing that the United States should deport some legal U.S. citizens in addition to undocumented migrants.

Straight Arrow News contributor Ruben Navarrette argues that Ramaswamy’s vile public persona makes him a perfect candidate for the viral internet era. Navarrette asserts that if his outlandish positions grant him attention, perhaps that is precisely the point.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is perfect for the internet era. He’s a tweet, wrapped in a post, tied to a TikTok video, stuffed into a blog. There’s no substance, no seriousness, no introspection, no empathy. There’s only shock value, smugness, and a look-at-me narcissism that leads him to say some stupid crap. Ramaswamy gets attention by setting his hair on fire, and sometimes the country and its most sacred traditions along with it.

He lit a match recently when he vowed that, if elected president, he would deport not just undocumented immigrants, but also, for good measure, their U.S.-born children. “

The family unit will be deported,” Ramaswamy told a reporter for NBC News after a town hall in Iowa.

That’s odd. Those kids are, what’s that phrase? Oh, yeah, U.S. citizens, regardless of their parents’ immigration status.

The fact that those children were born on U.S. soil gives them the golden ticket. The 14th Amendment states very clearly that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside.” These kids are as American as Yankee Doodle Dandy, whether Ramaswamy likes it or not.

Republican presidential candidate Vivec Ramaswamy is perfect for the Internet era. He’s a tweet wrapped in a post, type two a tick tock video stuffed into a blog. There’s no substance, no seriousness, no introspection, no empathy. There’s only shock value, smugness and a look at me narcissism. That leads him to say some stupid crap. Ramaswamy gets attention by setting his hair on fire and sometimes the country and its most sacred traditions along with it. He lit a match recently when he vowed that if elected president he would deport not just undocumented immigrants, but also for good measure their US born children, quote, the family unit will be deported. Ramaswamy told a reporter for NBC News after a town hall in Iowa. That’s odd. Those kids are what’s that phrase? Oh, yeah, US citizens, regardless of their parents immigration status. The fact that those children were born on US soil gives them the golden ticket. The 14th Amendment states very clearly that, quote, all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside. These kids are as American as Yankee Doodle Dandy, whether it Ramaswamy likes it or not. Besides, how did this guy get to be the arbiter of who’s really an American and who is it? His parents came here from India in 1985. In a timeline of a country that’s more than 400 years old, that was like, what, five minutes ago? Now he’s an expert. The reporter tried to give Ramaswamy a chance to clarify his remarks. When asked again, if these children these US citizens, would be deported along with their families. If he were in the White House. Ramaswamy double down on his ignorance. Quote, that is correct. He said, This is Ivy League stupidity as its finest folks. This guy is a graduate of Harvard College, where he apparently didn’t take any courses in history. He also attended Yale Law School, where he seems to have been absent the day they taught about the Constitution. Talk about impostor syndrome. If this guy doesn’t have a case of it, he 10 Well ought to hear we have a 38 year old Indian American entrepreneur and investor born to immigrant parents in Cincinnati, Ohio, who went on to make a $900 million fortune in biotech. He’s now in third place in most polls behind foreign President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. It would be the typical immigrant success story. If the model for that story. Well, Richie Rich, it’s not enough to say that Ramaswamy was born on third base, he arrived steps away from home plate. When Ramaswamy his parents migrated from India to the United States in 1985. His father was an engineer and patent attorney, while his mother was a psychiatrist. With credentials like that, and likely some money in the bank to show they could support themselves. Rebecca’s parents didn’t just come to America legally. They arrived on a magic carpet and get this. They came while Rebecca was still in his mother’s womb, just a few months before he was born. What lucky timing? If I didn’t know better? I would think that Mama and Papa Ramaswamy were some of those, quote, birth tourists that Republicans always complain about folks who come to the United States so their baby can be born a US citizen. When the woman who pulls a stunt like that, and frankly, I’m not sure it is the son is from Honduras or Haiti. We condemn her for trying to pull a fast one. But for Mrs. Ramaswamy, who came from India well into her third trimester, we say come right in ma’am. Welcome to America. One day maybe your son will run for president. What a country

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