On Tuesday, conservative author and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy announced his bid for the 2024 presidential race. Appearing on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, Ramaswamy discussed the need for a revival of the ideals that set the United States into motion 250 years ago. He spoke of the importance of meritocracy, free speech, and the need to combat China as a top competitor.
Ramaswamy launched a new website and shared a campaign video wherein he highlighted the importance of a cause and purpose for the nation. He pointed out the disappearance of traditional elements like faith, patriotism, hard work, and family that once defined American national identity. Additionally, he commented on the “psychological slavery” created by the left, which prevents people from speaking out due to the fear of being labeled as a racist or a bigot.
For a while now, Ramaswamy has been dropping hints about his possible candidacy. In January, he visited Iowa to engage with farmers and Republican leaders and discuss ways to revive national identity while countering woke ideology. His announcement puts him in the race for the Republican nomination, competing with former President Donald Trump and ex-South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley.
What sets Ramaswamy apart from his competitors is his impressive background. He began his career on Wall Street before shifting his focus to pharmaceuticals, working with Roivant Sciences to develop drugs that were abandoned by the industry. After leaving Roivant in 2021, he established Strive Asset Management, a firm dedicated to depoliticizing corporate America from the prevailing environmental, social, and governance investing movement. With an estimated net worth of around $500 million, he intends to self-fund his campaign. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a law degree from Yale, and he is a best-selling author who published “Woke Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam” in 2021 and “Nation of Victims: Identity Politics, the Death of Merit, and the Path Back to Excellence” in 2022.
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