Vivek Ramaswamy, a successful entrepreneur in the biotech and healthcare industry, has announced his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He joins the race as the third official candidate, alongside former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley. Ramaswamy emphasized in a recent interview with the New York Post that although he considers Trump a friend, he is willing to confront him without fear.
GOP hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy rips Trump, vows to banish FBI and 10 fed agencies https://t.co/oE6nRQuM1I pic.twitter.com/xsC8Df4QjS
— New York Post (@nypost) March 4, 2023
According to Ramaswamy, Trump’s approach to various matters such as affirmative action, the U.S.-Mexico border, and Dr. Anthony Fauci was flawed. He contended that by rescinding Executive Order 11246 of 1965, which requires government contractors to follow “race-based quotas,” Trump could have put an end to affirmative action with a simple stroke of the pen. Additionally, Ramaswamy believes that the former President should have deployed the U.S. military to tackle the crisis at the southern border and dismissed Fauci during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“He had a chance to use military force against the cartels — didn’t do it. I would prioritize … the use of the US military to secure our border," @VivekGRamaswamy said of former President Trump.
He also argued that Trump should have fired Dr. Fauci.https://t.co/l0T5qJ6np2
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 4, 2023
While many conservative Republicans may view Ramaswamy’s critique of Trump as an assault, he maintains that his comments are intended to be constructive. Ramaswamy praises Trump for establishing a high standard with his presidency and asserts that he sincerely cares about promoting national harmony.
At the moment, current polling suggests that Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis are the two frontrunners in the Republican race for 2024. But, with Ramaswamy now in the mix, it will be interesting to see how the race develops over the coming months.
With the 2024 Republican race heating up, it’s apparent that Vivek Ramaswamy is unafraid of challenging former President Donald Trump. While Ramaswamy asserts that his criticism of Trump is constructive, his efforts to distinguish himself from the former president are evident, possibly to gain the favor of conservative Republicans. It remains to be seen whether this tactic will be effective, but Ramaswamy is undoubtedly a formidable contender in the 2024 race.
Source: Conservative Institute