During Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate, Vivek Ramaswamy defended statements he made about arming Taiwanese citizens, noting that the Second Amendment has preserved the U.S. from invasion by “foreign autocrats.”
The moderator quoted Ramaswamy saying the way to keep China’s Xi Jinping from invading Taiwan is to “open a branch of the NRA in Taiwan and put an AR-15 in the hands of every family and train them how to use it — that will give Xi a taste of American exceptionalism.”
Ramaswamy responded by saying he stands by the statement.
He then went on to say the next president “needs to make crystal clear … the U.S. will absolutely defend Taiwan,” suggesting the clarity of commitment will provide deterrence.
He then referenced the Second Amendment, saying, “I also do believe the Second Amendment is a critical way of preventing foreign autocrats from being able” to invade another country. Someone in the audience hissed when Ramaswamy talked about the Second Amendment deterring invasion, and he responded, “It’s worked in America, why wouldn’t it work in Taiwan?”
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