Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy announced his campaign for the White House in 2024 Tuesday (Feb. 21) on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and wasted no time throwing raw meat to conservatives hungry to win the White House.
That evening, Ramaswamy wrote in a social media post that ending affirmative action would be at the top of his agenda if elected president.
“As U.S. President, I will end federally mandated affirmative action - full stop. I will repeal Lyndon Johnson’s Executive Order 11246 which mandates race-based quotas. Every Republican since Johnson had the opportunity to do it. I’ll do it on Day 1 without apology,” Ramaswamy’s tweet read.
Affirmative action already appears to be on the chopping block, beginning with race-based college admission decisions.
Legal experts say the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority is poised to end race-based admissions after hearing oral arguments in October in two cases involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.
If that happens, the landscape of college admissions will change dramatically, after a hard-fought battle over many years for diversity. It probably wouldn’t end there. The high court’s ruling would also signal the demise of affirmative action and diversity programs in private industry and government sectors hiring.
According to Fox News, Ramaswamy’s tweet took “a subtle swipe” at former president Donald Trump in his remark about Republican presidents failing to end federally mandated affirmative action. In addition to affirmative action, Ramaswamy’s agenda includes dismantling climate change, eliminating “worthless” federal agencies, and designating political expression as a civil right.
"We are in the middle of this national identity crisis, Tucker, where we have celebrated our differences for so long that we forgot all the ways we are really just the same as Americans bound by a common set of ideals that set this nation into motion 250 years ago," he told Carlson.
Ramaswamy, 37, is a former biotechnology executive and hedge fund partner who has made inroads with right-wing Republicans through his opposition to the business community’s advancement of political, social and environmental causes, according to The New York Times.
With Ramaswamy’s announcement, the Republican race for the White House is now a three-candidate race that includes Trump and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
Political observers believe the field will likely expand to possibly include Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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