The race for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is hotting up after biotech multimillionaire and investor Vivek Ramaswamy threw his hat into the ring.

Ramaswamy, 37, is an anti-ESG crusader and the author of Woke, Inc. a Sunday Times business book of the year in 2021, which takes aim at the “woke-industrial complex”.

The bold critique catapulted Ramaswamy to international attention, and he’s diligently built up his platform ever since.

This week, he posted a slick campaign video announcing his bid.


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“We’re in the middle of a national identity crisis,” he says. “Faith, patriotism and hard work have disappeared, only to be replaced by new secular religions like Covidism, climatism and gender ideology.

“We hunger to be part of something bigger than ourselves, yet we can not even answer the question of what it means to be an American.”

Ramaswamy is the third Republican candidate to officially declare, joining former UN ambassador Nikki Haley in challenging Donald Trump for the nomination. Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, thought to be Trump’s biggest rival, is yet to join the fray.

The betting markets have priced up Ramaswamy at a 90/1 outsider to snag the nomination. But big upsets do happen. CNN analysis in July 2015 put Donald Trump’s chances of securing the 2016 nomination at 99/1. Watch this space…

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