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Here's a summary of the article from The Atlantic regarding Vivek Ramaswamy and his comments:
- Title: "Audio: Vivek Ramaswamy Says He Wants ‘the Truth About 9/11’"
- Author: John Hendrickson
- Date: August 22, 2023
- Background: The author, John Hendrickson, spent three days shadowing Vivek Ramaswamy , a GOP presidential candidate, to understand his public-speaking skills and political views. Ramaswamy's messaging appeared libertarian at its core but also aligned with more extreme right-wing views.
- Interviews: Over the three days, Hendrickson had regular conversations with Ramaswamy, which were recorded with the latter's permission.
- Controversial Claim: During one of their interviews, Ramaswamy made a claim suggesting that the public doesn't know "the truth" about the events of January 6 . He further drew a parallel with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, asking questions like how many police or federal agents were on the planes that hit the Twin Towers.
- Response to Publication: After The Atlantic published the story, Ramaswamy's comments about 9/11 and January 6 garnered attention. He told another outlet, Semafor, that the quote published by The Atlantic wasn't exactly what he said. However, in a CNN interview, he stated that the quote was wrong.
- Clarification: The Atlantic confirmed that the quote was correct and provided an unedited audio and transcript of their exchange about 9/11 and January 6 .
- Ramaswamy's Views: In the interview, Ramaswamy expressed that the public deserves to know the truth about various events, including January 6 and 9/11. He questioned the presence of government agents during these events and emphasized the need for transparency . He also touched upon other topics, such as the motivations behind the January 6 events, the Jeffrey Epstein client list, and the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Comparison of 9/11 and January 6: Hendrickson pointed out the difference in the nature of the two events, with 9/11 being a clear attack on America. Ramaswamy clarified that he wasn't comparing the two events but brought up 9/11 because it was invoked as a basis for the January 6 commission.