Ramaswamy Says Protesters Rammed Campaign Vehicle During Iowa Stop

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy alleges that protesters deliberately collided with his campaign vehicle on Thursday following a discussion about the Ukraine conflict during a campaign event.

Ramaswamy, a 38-year-old biotech entrepreneur and the author of “Woke, Inc.,” had traveled to Grinnell for a planned interview with the local CBS News affiliate in Des Moines. Following the interview, he was set to proceed to Des Moines, where he was hosting a family-oriented campaign event.

Ramaswamy stated that he engaged in a “civil exchange” with protesters in Grinnell, but following the interaction, two of them reportedly intentionally crashed their car into one of his vehicles.

Police contradicted Ramaswamy’s allegations, stating that there was “no evidence” linking the individuals who collided with the vehicle to the protest or indicating that they deliberately crashed into a parked campaign vehicle.

Ramaswamy was reportedly not present in the vehicle during the collision, and he emerged unscathed.

A video circulating on social media depicted a group of protesters engaged in a heated discussion with Ramaswamy regarding his stance on the Ukraine war.

However, the individual who shared the video indicated that the couple responsible for the collision with the candidate’s vehicle was not from the group of protesters.

Ramaswamy posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he “had a civil exchange with protestors today, right before two of them then got into their car & rammed it into ours. Those two should be held accountable, but the rest of the peaceful protestors shouldn’t be tarred by the behavior of two bad actors.”

Subsequently, Ramaswamy issued a fundraising email containing information about the incident, urging his supporters to “stand for free speech” and contribute to his campaign.

Grinnell, a small city located to the east of Des Moines, is situated in Poweshiek County and is renowned for housing Grinnell College, a liberal arts institution with approximately 1,700 enrolled students.

Ramaswamy is not the sole candidate whose vehicle has been involved in an accident while campaigning during this election season.

Back in July, his competitor Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) experienced a multi-car collision near Chattanooga, Tennessee, while heading to a campaign event. DeSantis emerged unharmed from the incident.