Multiple Republicans are starting to jump into the presidential race.
Their big challenge is how to take on Donald Trump.
And Sean Hannity was left stunned when a Trump challenger refused to answer one question.
37-year-old businessman Vivek Ramaswamy entered the presidential race.
Ramaswamy made his name the last two years on Fox News crusading against Big Tech censorship and woke business practices such as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing as well as woke indoctrination in schools.
Woke investment funds like BlackRock use ESG principles with the money they control in state pension funds to force red states to adopt the left’s climate change policies.
Ramaswamy believes wokeism is a cancer in America and an existential threat the nation faces.
After announcing his candidacy on Tucker Carlson’s show Ramaswamy then appeared on “Hannity.”
Hannity’s show is a traditional first interview for a GOP candidate after announcing their presidential campaign.
And although Hannity is one of Donald Trump’s strongest allies Hannity always gives each GOP White House hopeful a fair opportunity to make their case to voters.
One of the natural questions any Republican entering the presidential race faces is how they will differ on policy from Donald Trump.
That was exactly what Hannity asked Ramaswamy.
“You’re looking for the Republican nomination,” Hannity stated. “Probably the leader right now would be Donald Trump if you look at the polls. What are the policy differences you have between yourself and Donald Trump?”
Ramaswamy responded by playing up his relationship to Trump and claiming he was not running against Trump.
“First of all, Donald Trump is a friend,” Ramaswamy answered. “I am not running against him. I’m running on a vision for our nation.”
That answer left Hannity gobsmacked because by definition Ramaswamy entering the race meant he was running against Trump.
“Wait, wait. But you’re not running for him. You’re running against him. Let’s be honest,” Hannity shot back.
Ramaswamy admitted that was the case and claimed he was the next iteration of Trump’s America First agenda and said his goal was to dismantle the Deep State.
“He was the OG America first. I am taking that to the next level with America First 2.0,” Ramaswamy continued. “Let’s get the job done, which means dismantling federal bureaucracy.”
Ramaswamy proposed “eight-year sunset clauses for anybody in the federal bureaucracy” to promote turnover so Republicans could hire government bureaucrats that might actually be loyal to the GOP’s values and causes.
“So I think it’s about taking it to the next level,” Ramaswamy added.
The corporate media likes to claim that Donald Trump is losing power in the GOP.
But so far the two announced challengers to Trump — RINO former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Ramaswamy — both refused to criticize Donald Trump on policy grounds.
Other Republicans not wanting to take on Trump owes to two things.
First, any Republican with half a brain understands that Trump changed the GOP from the country club, pro-open borders, pro-amnesty, pro-globalist trade deal and pro-endless war set from the Bush years into a populist conservative party.
And second, they know Trump’s loyal base of voters will stick with him no matter what so Republican challengers like Ramaswamy and Haley want to avoid attacking Trump in hopes of not alienating Trump supporters.
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