Business executive Vivek Ramaswamy spoke freely at Wednesday night’s Republican presidential primary debate, professing, “transgenderism, especially in kids, is a mental health disorder. We have to acknowledge the truth of that for what it is.”
Vivek Ramaswamy calls transgenderism a mental disorder at the 2nd GOP Debate.
“I'm sorry, it is not compassionate to affirm a kid's confusion. That is not compassion, that is cruelty.” pic.twitter.com/mZgRvJQjND
— Freedom On Fire (@freedomonfire) September 28, 2023
It’s not the first time Ramaswamy has asserted his opinion on the topic. He hasn’t held back on expressing his beliefs about transgenderism and what is fueling the problem among minors.
GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Dares to Call Trans what it is – A MENTAL ILLNESS! Declares that America's Mental Health Epidemic "Must Come to An End" https://t.co/FJ6Sr5clGX pic.twitter.com/YalB5ftBnZ
— Tom Zawistowski (@TomZWTPC) June 27, 2023
Debate co-host Dana Perino asked Ramaswamy if he would sign a bill into law that protected parental rights with regard to schools withholding information about student’s gender identities from their parents.
Ramaswamy responded without hesitation that “The very people who say that this increases the risk of suicide are also the ones saying that parents don’t have the right to know about that increased risk of suicide. And I’m sorry, it is not compassionate to affirm a kid’s confusion. That is not compassion. That is cruelty.”
Vivek has gained support on X this week after insisting during the debate that parents have every right to know what is happening in their children’s schools and whether a teacher or school staff member has any concerns about their child’s mental health.
#GOPdebate Vivek gets the question about students changing their identity without parental notification. Vivek says it's a mental disorder in kids, wants to get back on the mental health train, moderator tries to focus on the parents rights &he confirms that parents have the…
— Cecelia (@Ceceliaism) September 28, 2023
Ramaswamy isn’t as off the mark as his haters would lead some to believe. Gender dysphoria has been in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders since 1980. Although the label has evolved, many politicians, scientists, parents and more are questioning whether that evolution has been evidence-based.
Plenty of data points to gender issues being present in many cohorts — from people who have suffered from trauma to those with substance abuse problems. But plenty of data also points to the global population now suffering from endocrine dysfunction, which can reasonably lead to issues like gender confusion.
Vivek is saying what many Americans are thinking. He may not ride this issue to the White House, but we can rest assured he will ride any portion of the red wave that will carry him as he continues to allegedly adopt the opinions of his competitors.