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Vivek Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur and creator of “Woke, Inc.”, introduced Monday evening he’s suspending his presidential marketing campaign.
“We didn’t obtain the shock that we needed to ship tonight,” he mentioned.
Ramaswamy, who predicted to Axios in October a “stable second or third” end within the Iowa caucuses, got here in fourth within the first presidential contest. Former President Donald Trump dominated the caucuses. Ramaswamy has endorsed Trump for the nomination.
On the marketing campaign path, Ramaswamy tried to emphasise “America First” insurance policies, a stance that has confirmed widespread with supporters of Trump.
“I would not name myself a disciple of Donald Trump,” Ramaswamy instructed NPR final Might. “I might embrace the label of ‘America First’ to level out that ‘America first’ is greater than Donald Trump. It doesn’t belong to Donald Trump.”
Ramaswamy mentioned his marketing campaign was centered on bringing again a way of nationwide identification.
“I am taking a look at a necessity in our nation and a job that must be performed that I see only a few individuals stepping as much as really ship, which is to reply what it even means to be an American at the moment — to revive our lacking nationwide identification, particularly within the subsequent technology of Individuals,” he mentioned.
His coverage proposals ranged from slicing the Federal Reserve workforce by at the very least 90%, deporting American-born children of undocumented immigrants, and elevating the voting age to 25.
As a vocal member of the “anti-woke” motion, the previous entrepreneur claimed his presidency would struggle in opposition to “woke” insurance policies.
However his marketing campaign was additionally marked by his amplification of conspiracy theories — together with that the Jan. 6 rebellion on the U.S. Capitol was an “inside job”, the 2020 election was stolen, and his feedback that the “Great Replacement theory,” which has origins in white supremacist ideology, is a part of the Democratic Get together’s platform.
His persona additionally drew criticism from his opponents. Throughout a GOP debate, former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley known as Ramaswamy “scum” after he commented on Haley’s parenting and introduced up her daughter. Haley additionally attacked Ramaswamy for his place on the conflict in Ukraine, saying, “You haven’t any international coverage expertise and it reveals.”
In one other debate, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie known as Ramaswamy “essentially the most obnoxious blowhard in America.”
Earlier than venturing into politics, Ramaswamy based his biotech and pharmaceutical firm, Roivant Sciences Ltd. In 2022, he based Attempt Asset Administration, an “anti-woke” index fund supplier.