(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Saturday a video from the Iowa State Fair went viral which features Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy during an exchange with a “pansexual activist” who asked him about his opinion about the LGBTQ+ community.
In response, Ramaswamy pointed out that he does not believe it is a single community. This prompted the activist to ask “Really?” Ramaswamy then responded that in his opinion there are many different communities and that it was not possible to just group everyone together in an “alphabet soup.” He further claimed that trans and gay people were “fundamentally in tension. He proceeded to ask the activist what their opinion was. The activist stated they were pansexual, a reference to a sexual orientation that is attracted to all gender identities and sexes.
The conversation continued with Ramaswamy being asked what his views on same-sex couples were. As the presidential candidate stated he did not view them negatively, but he did have “a negative view of a tyranny of the minority.” He added that while in the past there was a tyranny of the majority, there was now a tyranny of the minority which was created in supposed protection against the tyranny of the majority.
He proceeded to note that a religious person should not be forced to officiate a wedding that went against their personal beliefs or that women who have worked hard should be forced to swim against a biological man in a competition. As he noted, anyone who respects female bodily autonomy would also not force a woman to change her clothing in a locker room while a man is there. He added that this was not freedom but rather it was oppression.
By the end of the interaction, the activist thanked Ramaswamy for his response, while he thanked her for showing civility.
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