After securing a flush first-round knockout victory over Andre August on Friday, YouTuber turned professional boxer Jake Paul told Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy that he knocked August out “because he voted for Biden.”
Paul had invited Ramaswamy to sit ringside for the Orlando event earlier in the week, which he accepted. Earlier in the day, Ramaswamy spokeswoman Tricia McLaughin told TMZ that the two have become “good friends” over the course of the campaign.
The presidential hopeful was the first to greet Paul — who entered the fight with a record of 7-1 with four knockouts — as he arrived in Orlando. Paul later made short work of his opponent with a first-round uppercut knockout.
Shortly after securing the first-round stoppage, Paul embraced Ramaswamy and said “he said he voted for Biden!”
“The Problem Child” has never stated his outright political affiliation, though he has ripped President Biden over inflation in the past. In an X post last year, Paul mocked a statement from Biden in which the president tried to sell the idea that the economy s roaring. The boxer cited surging costs of living, gas prices and “new incomprehensible language” in slamming Biden’s policies.
“If you’re reading this and voted for Biden and you still don’t regret it then you are the American problem,” Paul wrote.
Paul and Ramaswamy first became acquainted when the presidential hopeful posted a TikTok video with Paul, a move that has drawn criticism from his GOP rivals, namely Nikki Haley, due to the platforms ties with he Chinese government. The video led to a testy exchange on the debate stage earlier this year, with Ramaswamy noting that Haley’s own daughter uses the platform.