Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy suggested Sunday that CNN commentator Van Jones should “just shut the f–k up” in response to Jones labeling the brash Republican a “demagogue” earlier this month.
Ramaswamy, who is vying for the GOP nomination for president in 2024, offered the brash suggestion toward the cable news personality after Jones said on-air he was “shaking” during the fourth GOP debate when Ramaswamy spoke because he felt like he was watching “the rise of an American demagogue.”
Jones also called the tech entrepreneur a “very, very despicable person” whose talking points during the debate were “one step away from Nazi propaganda,” the Hill reported.
Ramaswamy, during an on-stage appearance at Turning Point USA’s Americafest in Arizona Sunday, didn’t mince words when replying to Jones’ characterization.
“And then you get the mainstream media, you got this character Van Jones on CNN afterwards saying, ‘This is the rise of an American demagogue who’s gonna live 50 years longer than Trump. This is dangerous, I am shaking,’ that’s what he says,” Ramaswamy, 38, said. “Just shut the f–k up.”
“At a certain point, just shut the f–k up,” he said as the crowd cheered and laughed. “We’re done with it.”
Ramaswamy is competing with former President Donald Trump, ex-South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey governor Chris Christie for the chance to face President Joe Biden next year.
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