WATCH: Vivek Ramaswamy Flip-Flops on One Issue After Another

August 30, 2023

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has taken heat for his shifting position on aid to Israel. In a matter of weeks, the 38-year-old entrepreneur has advocated three distinct policies toward the Jewish state: cutting off aid to Israel and the entire Middle East, weaning Israel off of U.S. aid by 2028, and weaning Israel off of aid only as long as it says it doesn't need the help.

But Ramaswamy’s flakiness is not limited to aid to Israel. Throughout the campaign, he has flip-flopped on at least four other issues.

On June 19, Ramaswamy cut a video wishing viewers a "happy Juneteenth." Earlier this month, he called Juneteenth a "useless" holiday that should be canceled.

In a March interview on CBS News, the candidate said that "climate change is ... real." At the Republican primary debate last week, however, Ramaswamy said "the climate change agenda is a hoax." 

Ramaswamy has also taken different positions on the conspiracy theory that the U.S. government had a role in the Sept. 11 attacks. When Blaze Media's Alex Stein earlier this month asked him whether he believed that the attacks were an "inside job or exactly how the government tells us," Ramaswamy responded, "I don’t believe the government has told us the truth." Weeks later, he emphatically said, "Of course not," when CNN’s Kaitlan Collins asked him again whether he believed the attacks were an inside job.

The 38-year-old entrepreneur has also been unclear about whether the United States should commit to defend Taiwan. He suggested the United States should allow Xi Jinping to "go for Taiwan" after America achieves semiconductor independence by 2028, at the end of his hypothetical first term. On Monday, however, when Sean Hannity asked him whether the Taiwanese are "on their own" after 2028, Ramaswamy responded, "No," saying the United States would resume its "current posture" after reaching semiconductor independence.

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