Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy urged workers to picket in Washington, D.C., in front of President Joe Biden’s White House.

Ramaswamy spoke Wednesday evening at the 2024 GOP primary debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

“I understand that hardship is not a choice,” he said. “But victimhood is a choice. And we choose to be victorious in the United States of America.”

“You know what, if I was giving advice to those workers, I would say go picket in front of the White House in Washington, D.C,” he said, referring to United Auto Workers striking for higher wages. “That’s really where the protest needs to be, disastrous economic policies that have driven up prices, that have driven up interest rates, and mortgage rates, at the same time wages remaining stagnant.”

“What we need is to deliver economic growth in this country. Unlock American energy. Drill. Frack. Burn coal. Embrace nuclear energy,” he continued. “Put people back to work by no longer paying them more money to stay at home. Stabilize the U.S. dollar itself. And rescind a majority of those unconstitutional federal regulations that are hampering our economy.”

“That is how we unleash American exceptionalism,” he insisted. “And that’s not a Democratic vision or a Republican vision, that is an American vision that we embrace economic growth.”

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