He remarked that the indictment by the Biden DOJ marks a "sad moment in our country's history," as it is an example of a "politicized prosecution" in addition to a "political persecution."
Ramaswamy stressed that while it would make his own presidential run easier should Donald Trump be forced out of the election, he will speak out against any injustices against the former president as it is first about "principles," not "politics." He also has pledged to pardon former President Trump from a previous DOJ indictment should he end up assuming office.
He also said that it is "incorrect and inaccurate to place blame for what happened on January 6, at the feet of Donald Trump," as he "did not" commit a crime and "specifically told the protesters that day to behave peacefully."
Ramaswamy argued that the real reason riots took place at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, was "systematic, pervasive censorship" throughout America.
"That was after a year where we had told people across this nation that you had to stay locked down in your house and your basement and shut up, sit down, do as you're told," Ramaswamy explained. "If you question that, you're racist, you're anti-science, your social media accounts were silenced. You had to stay home and locked down unless you were part of BLM or Antifa in which case it was perfectly fine to roam the streets of this country and burn it many of them."
"That was the double standard that then applied and said that if you sent the virus originated in a lab in Wuhan, you were again a racist and had your internet accounts shut down," he continued, "You were then told you had an election where you could express yourself to put the right person in charge of fixing these problems. And instead, your accounts were suppressed if you sent a mere message, saying that the Hunter Biden laptop story from the New York Post was real. You had your accounts locked. Even the New York Post had its own account locked. And if you repeatedly then tell people they cannot speak that is when they scream. If you repeatedly tell people they cannot scream. That is when they tear things down. And I think we're making a grave mistake in this country by trying to pin the blame for that at the feet of one man."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is also in the running, posted a briefer statement to Twitter, neglecting to defend former President Trump or even mention him by name.
In the message, DeSantis noted that he has "not read the indictment."
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