Hasan had asked Ramaswamy about a January 2021 tweet in which he said what Trump did was “downright abhorrent.”
Hasan asked him to explain what Trump did to deserve that description, but Ramaswamy repeatedly avoided answering the question.
On Sunday, Mohyeldin wondered if Ramaswamy was lying back then or now.
“I suspect he’s lying now,” Hasan said. “I suspect the real Vivek Ramaswamy was the one who was genuinely horrified, like we all were, with what happened on January the 6th, but of course, now he’s running for vice president probably.”
“The fact that Trump is praising Vivek tells you everything you need to know about what Vivek’s strategy and end goal is,” he added.
In tonight's #handover, @MehdiRHasan talks to @AymanM about his viral interview with Vivek Ramaswamy.
"He, Ayman, is a guy who's gotten away with being super confident and talking really fast. The problem is so do I." pic.twitter.com/6eB8vfunbN
— The Mehdi Hasan Show (@MehdiHasanShow) September 11, 2023
Hasan noted that he and his team had prepped extensively for the interview.
“We did a lot of preparation,” he said. “We had his tax returns. We had his tweets. We read his books. And, you know, he seems upset that we’re quoting his words to him.”
Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur, has carved out a name for himself in the crowded GOP primary field with his extreme and unconventional views, out-there persona and unwavering support for Trump.
He has also repeatedly mischaracterized his own past comments and positions on various subjects.
Trump offered rare praise for his rival after the first Republican debate, when Ramaswamy called him “the best president of the 21st century.”
“Anybody that said I’m the best president in a generation ... I have to like a guy like that,” the four-time-indicted ex-president told Glenn Beck when asked about the political newcomer as a potential running mate.