[VIDEO] Vivek Ramaswamy Supports Transgenders in Military
Long-shot Republican Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy weighed in on transgender issues this Sunday and gave an opinion that may set him apart from the other declared and potential Republican candidates for the 2024 race.
While Ramaswamy said that he opposes youth being indoctrinated by trans ideology, he said that he supports allowing transgender people to join the military.
“I would not reinstate a ban on transgender members,” Ramaswamy said during an interview on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.
Vivek Ramaswamy comes out in support of trans rights, saying he will not ban them from the U.S. military. pic.twitter.com/tpd1owIpoO
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 4, 2023
Ramaswamy’s unusual position for a candidate seeking the Republican nomination for President came as ABC discussed his ‘anti-woke’ standpoint, with host Martha Raddatz recalling that he has been called the “godfather of the anti-woke movement.”
Ramaswamy did say that he wanted to be”very clear” that he was “very focused” on transgender “ideology” not being pushed onto children.
“For kids, that’s where my policies are focused. We should not be foisting this ideology on to children,” He said.
While some people were open to Vivek’s stance on allowing transgender people to join the military, some conservatives called it ‘disqualifying’, and many questioned why he is being given significant airtime in the first place due to his low polling numbers.
What is this guy polling at — 1%? Why is ABC News even giving him the time, like he has a shot/is a real candidate?
— A.J. Delgado (@AJDelgado13) June 4, 2023
Ramaswamy is polling above one percent, underwhelming numbers considering an advertisement blitz; campaign stops nationwide focusing on early primary states, and interviews with several prominent media outlets.
A recent Fox News poll had him at 3 percent, far below former President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and below other candidates such as Mike Pence and Nikki Haley.
Ramaswamy has embraced his status as an outsider while indirectly implying that Trump is no longer one after he won the Presidency in 2016.
“I’m the outsider in this race; I think you get to be an outsider once,” Ramaswamy told “This Week.” “I’m the first millennial ever to run for the GOP nomination for U.S. president, and I’m actually leading us to something. Too long, many other conservatives have been running from something.”
Biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy believes his unconventional bona fides will help him carve out his own lane in the 2024 cycle, much like they did for Trump in 2016.
— The Hill (@thehill) May 30, 2023
Ramaswamy further clarified that he hopes voters could see eye to eye with him on the issue, as he sees “transgenderism” as a “mental health disorder” but believes that “individuals with mental health disorders should not be categorically barred from serving in the military, but should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”
One of the more recent polls on the issue, a 2021 poll by Gallup, found that Americans broadly support allowing transgender people to serve.
The poll found that 66% of Americans support allowing transgender people in the military. At the same time, Americans were far less likely to support things like allowing transgender people to play on the sports team of their preferred gender, with only 34% in support.
A solid majority of the public (66%) favors allowing openly transgender men and women to serve in the U.S. military, though this figure is down slightly from Gallup's poll in 2019, when 71% were in favor. https://t.co/E2eHhwwy1l
— The Recount (@therecount) September 27, 2022
A spokesperson for Ramaswamy’s campaign said that he supports expanding access to the military because it provides Americans with a ‘shared sense of purpose.’
“He believes that more Americans should serve in the military, which can provide our citizenry with shared purpose and meaning that we currently lack, which itself is a key driver of the mental health epidemic in America,” the spokesperson added. “Vivek is a strong opponent of trans indoctrination of young Americans.”
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