Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy blasted the Biden administration for honoring an individual on the Transgender Day of Remembrance who allegedly fired on officers and “actively” called “for killing cops.”
Manuel Esteban Paez Terán, also known as “Tortuguita,” was killed by police after he shot at police officers in Georgia.
“Georgia state troopers say after he didn’t comply with their demands, they used pepper spray. Tortuguita responded by firing four shots at them from a pistol, leaving a Georgia state trooper seriously injured. Officers were forced to return fire, and unfortunately, Tortuguita was pronounced dead,” Fox News host Jesse Watters said.
Terán is one of transgender men and women honored by the White House on Transgender Day of Remembrance.
Ramaswamy, during an appearance on “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Fox News, described the White House’s decision to honor Terán as embarrassing, adding that the Biden administration did not do basic due diligence.
“I think it’s embarrassing that they didn’t do some basic due diligence. They’re so beholden to identity politics in Transgender Remembrance Day that they actively took on somebody who is not only critical of cops but shooting at cops and actively calling for killing cops. I think that’s wrong,” Ramaswamy stated. And I think that the golden question Kaylee is — did they actually know? And just cast such a blind eye to it that they don’t care? Or was this a callous mistake? And so I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt. If it was a mistake, I’ll call on the Biden administration to do the right thing tomorrow”
Ramaswamy urged the Biden administration to do the right thing and have a remembrance day for all police officers, including the one that Terán shot.
“Let’s have a Remembrance Day for any police officer who’s been fired at, including a police officer who’s been fired by that individual,” Ramaswamy added “The fact that they’re transgender doesn’t change the fact that that behavior is wrong. And I think this identity politics is fundamentally a cancer on our country. It has created a cancer of national self-loathing. And the fact that you have a US president celebrating it is part of why we have this culture of national pride in the United States.”