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Vivek Ramaswamy was targeted in a violent protest on Thursday when two young people appeared to intentionally ram their vehicle into the 2024 hopeful’s rental car during a campaign stop in Iowa.

Ramaswamy was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident and was not injured.

After what could be seen as a respectful conversation with protesters outside the Saints Rest Coffee House in Grinnell, Iowa on Thursday, Ramaswamy was not met with such kindness.

A young driver in a car with a Minnesota license plate and a passenger were caught on camera flipping their middle finger at Ramaswamy before honking their horn, driving off and slamming into the candidate’s car.

Ramaswamy stopped to have a respectful debate with the demonstrators at the coffee shop – and later tweeted that he didn’t want the violent protesters to be associated with those exercising their First Amendment right by demonstrating against him. 

A protester rammed their vehicle into 2024 hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy’s rental car during a campaign stop in Iowa on Thursday

‘Had a civil exchange with protestors today, right before two of them then got into their car & rammed it into ours,’ the candidate posted to X, formerly known as Twitter.

He added: ‘Those two should be held accountable, but the rest of the peaceful protestors shouldn’t be tarred by the behavior of two bad actors.’

In a video of the stop obtained by DailyMail.com, one protester outside the coffee shop is heard calling Ramaswamy an ‘a**hole.’

‘Protect trans kids,’ another is heard yelling, before a third says: ‘Climate change is real.’

‘Anybody else have something to say,’ the presidential candidate asked.

‘What’s it like being the punching bag of the RNC?’ another protester chimed in, to which the candidate responded saying he believes both political parties are ‘corrupt.’

Ramaswamy took the time to speak with the small group of relatively calm protesters after his campaign car was slammed by a duo that were part of the demonstration.

One protester said her mother is a public school worker and demanded respect and good pay.

‘I think every person deserves to be respected,’ Ramaswamy calmly replied in earnest.

‘The beauty of this country is that you all have the right to express your opinions and you’re doing it peacefully and – even though I disagree with you, I’m proud of you for expressing your views,’ he said.

Ramaswamy had a respectful conversation with protesters before one of them rammed their car into his campaign’s rental vehicle on Thursday

As the protester pushed back claiming he wants to destroy the U.S. school system, the candidate cut in to say: ‘Thank her for her service for me. I really mean that.’

He said that the way forward in the U.S. is through ‘open debate’ with people you disagree with.

‘You guys are doing your part, I’m going to do mine. Keep it up.’

But his kindness wasn’t met in return just a few moments earlier, as one of the protesters ran her Honda Civic into Ramaswamy’s Avis rental vehicle.

A police incident report obtained by DailyMail.com shows that each vehicle would require about $600 in repairs.

Source: | This article originally belongs to Dailymail.co.uk

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