Tonight’s Debate: Does The GOP Bow Down To Conspiracy Theories

August 23, 2023Reed Galen and Rick Wilson, co-founders of The Lincoln Project, release the following on Vivek Ramaswamy’s statement saying September 11, 2001 terror attacks were a false flag operation. Ramaswamy denied making the comments to The Atlantic, but subsequent audio files proved otherwise.  

“If the Fox News debate moderators, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, want to be taken seriously as responsible journalists, then they must ask all the candidates if they will disavow Vivek Ramaswamy’s statements claiming the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were a false flag operation.  

“This question gets straight to the heart of the Republican party’s credibility. Is this a party that pushes conspiracies who’s leadership plays to the worst parts of the internet? Or is it a party that will responsibly govern? 

“Any candidate who refuses to condemn Ramaswamy, deny 9/11 trutherisms, and the Big Lie is complicit and unfit for positions of public trust. Both were attacks on democracy and anyone who believes otherwise is someone who cannot be trusted to hold the Presidency.” 

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