Demonstrators Incensed by Ramaswamy’s Ukraine Aid Stance Collide with His Unoccupied Vehicle in Iowa, Campaign Reports

by Madison Thomas
Car Collision

Demonstrators expressing their discontent with Vivek Ramaswamy’s opposition to aid for Ukraine verbally berated the presidential candidate in Iowa on Thursday. Subsequently, they entered a vehicle, rammed into one of the campaign cars, and swiftly departed, as stated by Ramaswamy’s campaign.

Tricia McLaughlin, a spokesperson for Ramaswamy, confirmed that no one was inside the campaign vehicle when it was struck in the central Iowa city of Grinnell, and fortunately, no injuries were sustained during the incident. McLaughlin also mentioned that the campaign promptly filed a police report.

“Clearly, the situation escalated,” McLaughlin remarked. “(Ramaswamy) is accustomed to dealing with protesters and managed the situation with remarkable composure. Thus, he remained more composed than the rest of us.”

Vivek Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old biotechnology entrepreneur and the author of “Woke, Inc.,” had been in Grinnell for a scheduled interview with the local CBS affiliate in Des Moines before proceeding to host a fall-themed family campaign event in Des Moines. Campaign aides confirmed that Ramaswamy intended to proceed with the event.

While the candidate travels with private security, his aides declined to provide further details. He does not have a Secret Service detail.

A message left for the Grinnell police chief was not immediately returned on Thursday afternoon.

On the platform formerly known as Twitter, Ramaswamy mentioned that the peaceful protesters should not be held responsible for the actions of the two individuals who rammed his campaign vehicle.

“I had a civil exchange with protesters today, right before two of them then got into their car & rammed it into ours,” he wrote. “Those two should be held accountable, but the rest of the peaceful protestors shouldn’t be tarnished by the behavior of two bad actors.”

During the first Republican presidential debate of the 2024 campaign, Ramaswamy characterized the U.S. government’s actions as “disastrous” for defending against an invasion across another nation’s border and argued that funding allocated for Ukraine would be better spent addressing issues related to the “invasion of our own southern border.”

Later on Thursday, Ramaswamy disseminated a fundraising email detailing the crash, urging supporters to “stand for free speech” and contribute to his campaign.

Grinnell, a small city located east of Des Moines, is home to Grinnell College, a small liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 1,700 students in Poweshiek County.

It’s worth noting that Ramaswamy is not the first candidate to experience a vehicular incident while campaigning during this election season. In July, his rival Ron DeSantis was involved in a multi-car accident near Chattanooga, Tennessee, while en route to a campaign event. Fortunately, the Florida governor emerged unharmed, as the traffic on Interstate 75 abruptly slowed during the busy morning commute, leading to a chain reaction involving state-owned vehicles.

(Reporting by Beck from Omaha, Neb. Additional reporting by Adriana Gomez Licon, a writer for Big Big News, in Miami.)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Protesters

What happened in Iowa involving Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign?

Protesters in Iowa expressing anger over Ramaswamy’s opposition to Ukraine aid verbally confronted him and rammed one of his campaign vehicles before fleeing. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Did Ramaswamy have any security during this incident?

Yes, Ramaswamy travels with private security, although specific details were not disclosed in this instance. He does not have a Secret Service detail.

What did Ramaswamy say about the incident on social media?

Ramaswamy stated on social media that while he had a civil exchange with peaceful protesters, two individuals were responsible for ramming his campaign vehicle. He called for those two individuals to be held accountable but did not blame the peaceful protesters.

What was the context of Ramaswamy’s opposition to Ukraine aid?

During a 2024 Republican presidential debate, Ramaswamy criticized the U.S. government’s allocation of funds for Ukraine, describing it as “disastrous.” He argued that the resources could be better spent addressing issues related to the southern U.S. border.

Were there any similar incidents involving other candidates?

Yes, in a separate incident during the same election season, Ron DeSantis, a rival of Ramaswamy, was involved in a multi-car accident near Chattanooga, Tennessee, while en route to a campaign event. However, DeSantis emerged unharmed from the collision.

More about Protesters

  • Vivek Ramaswamy: Learn more about Vivek Ramaswamy, the presidential candidate involved in the Iowa incident.
  • 2024 Republican presidential debate: Explore the details of the Republican presidential debate where Ramaswamy expressed his views on Ukraine aid.
  • Ron DeSantis: Find information about Ron DeSantis, a rival candidate who had his own campaign incident during the same election season.

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JournalistJoe October 6, 2023 - 2:22 am

wow, crazy stuff hapnd with Ramaswamy’s campaign car! protests, crash, no injuries, whew!

SocialMediaJunkie October 6, 2023 - 3:27 am

Ramaswamy tweet abt protesters, not blamin all, say 2 bad ones shld b held accountable.

CampaignInsider October 6, 2023 - 7:07 am

Campaign security detail not revealed, not Secret Service tho. Interesting!

CarEnthusiast October 6, 2023 - 10:06 am

Ramaswamy in Grinnell, Iowa, talk politics, then crash! DeSantis also had accident, tough campaign!

EconGuru October 6, 2023 - 2:12 pm

Ramaswamy talk bout Ukraine aid, big debate, say US shld protect own border.


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