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Another yes-man? Three takeaways from Vivek Ramaswamy’s presidential debate debut

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Eight hopeful Republicans lined the stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last night trying to sell the American public “why they should be the republican candidate for the 2024 elections”.

New-comer, Vivek Ramaswamy stood out among the more established candidates. How he stood out is for you to decide.

Ramaswamy is living the American Dream. Ramaswamy, the son of immigrants, is an alleged billionaire and a Harvard grad. To attain such success is wonderful and possible in a country like the United States.

About Vivek. Ramaswamy seems to be the son of immigrants who were well established in their home country. He is not the son of immigrants who seemingly had to overcome poverty and raise themselves by their proverbial bootstraps. According to research, Ramaswamy’s parents held advanced degrees before they moved to the United States from India. That is fine too, but, we should remember that many immigrants come to this country under duress, persecution, and lacking formal education at the basic level. These facts are indicative of the turbulent times in which we live.

Problems with experience and compassion. Newly arrived immigrants to the United States have different experiences. The son of privileged immigrants and the son of immigrants who fled their home country because of violence, rape, or warfare will undoubtedly care about different things. One may worry about which private high school they should attend in Ohio’s suburbia while another may have to worry about where they are going to sleep at night.

Out of touch with environmental issues. When debate participants were asked if they believed that climate change was a man-made phenomenon, Vivek laughed. His answer to the question was, “climate change is a hoax.”

In his owns words, Ramaswamy said, “let’s drill, frack, and burn coal…” That is probably ok as long as someone else’s water is on fire or someone else’s father dies from Black Lung.

Abandon Ukraine and let them fight alone against Russia’s invasion. The Fox News anchors who hosted the televised debate asked the potential candidates, if they would send additional money to Ukraine in support of their war against Russia. Ramaswamy forcefully decreed that he would not send any additional money to Ukraine. He said that he would rather send the deployed military forces to the US Southern border rather than fight a war in a different country.

All in all, Ramaswamy failed to ignite any enthusiasm from would-be voters. Ramaswamy is out-of-touch with voters on immigration, climate change, and the war in Ukraine.

But, Ramaswamy is in touch with his inner Trump. Who, he seems to have been channeling in last night’s debate. If by some unfortunate miracle former President Trump is named as the Republican candidate, Ramaswamy could find a job with Trump as a follower and yes-man.

Some referential content courtesy of Politico, Center for Disease Control, The Guardian, and The New York Times.

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