On Tuesday (February 21), conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy entered the 2024 Presidential race.
First-generation American businessman, author, and investor Ramaswamy, 37, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that Americans are “really just the same,” as they are “bound by a common set of ideals.”
He then revealed he was “proud” to announce he was “running for United States president” as he would “revive those ideals in this country, those basic rules of the road.”
In a video posted on Twitter, the best-selling author said the U.S. was facing an identity crisis.
In the video and during his campaign launch interview, Ramaswamy criticized the “woke left” for focusing on diversity.
The Arizona businessman also denounced policies left-leaning politicians implemented when addressing climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ramaswamy also decried how patriotism, hard work, and faith had been replaced by “secular religions like COVIDism, climateism, and gender ideology.”
He explained that Americans couldn’t describe what it meant to be an American, which the left was preying on, before adding that the left’s ideology meant emphasis was placed on things like race, gender, and sexual orientation, which he asserted was governing “who you are, what you can achieve and what you’re allowed to think.”
Ramaswamy also claimed that the U.S. needed to decouple from China, which he insisted was a more significant threat to the U.S. than the Soviet Union was during the Cold War.
He noted that separating from China would come with “some sacrifice of short-term conveniences” but was essential to achieving long-term goals.