Vivek Ramaswamy Thinks ‘Wokeness Is a Cultural Cancer’
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy is obviously a long shot presidential candidate, but he’s refreshing. Unlike most politicians, he speaks clearly and seems smart.
He probably is smart. He went to Harvard and Yale and then founded a biotech firm that creates drugs that treat prostate cancer, endometriosis, fibroids, and more.
That made me ask him, since he clearly helped people as a medical entrepreneur, why go into politics when most politicians are useless or destructive?
“I am in this race to speak truth,” Ramaswamy says in my new video. “To revive our missing national identity.” Most Americans, he says, don’t know “we’re a nation built on the rule of law, free speech and open debate, that we embrace meritocracy over grievance, that we embrace the unapologetic pursuit of excellence.”
In other words, Ramaswamy is running as the “anti-woke” candidate. “Wokeness,” he says, “is a cultural cancer.”
I ask him about the border crisis.
“A nation built on the rule of law,” he answers, “cannot tolerate somebody breaking the law as their first act of entering this country.”
His parents came here legally from India. But our rules are tougher today.
“An Indian computer engineer who applied legally,” I point out, “would take 20, 50, 100 years to get in.”
Ramaswamy answers that there should be “‘merit-based’ immigration.” Skilled migrants should get preference.
What would he do about Social Security and Medicare going broke?
“Democrats say we need to increase taxes. Republicans say we have to make cuts. There’s a third way: restoring GDP growth…. We will grow our way out of our problems.”
He’d speed growth by “abandoning the climate cult, drilling more, fracking more, burning coal unapologetically.”
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