Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy announced that he will be suspending his presidential campaign after the Iowa caucuses. Ramaswamy — who entered the race as a political unknown but managed to poll as high as third place in the Hawkeye State — followed up his announcement by endorsing former President Donald Trump.
“As I’ve said since the beginning, there are two America First candidates in this race. And earlier tonight I called Donald Trump to tell him that I congratulated him on his victory. And now, going forward, he will have my full endorsement for the presidency,” Ramaswamy told supporters after suspending his campaign. “And I think we’re going to do the right thing for this country.”
Despite entering the race with next to no name recognition and no political experience, Ramaswamy managed to surge to as high as third place nationally at the high point of his campaign. With more than 70 percent of Iowa precincts counted, Ramaswamy has managed to garner roughly 8 percent of the vote, trailing Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Ramaswamy was far and away the most vocal Republican presidential candidate in regards to the indictments of former President Trump. After he was indicted in the classified documents case, Ramaswamy signed a pledge to pardon Trump if elected and called on his fellow Republican hopefuls to do the same.
He later followed up this promise when Colorado’s Supreme Court ruled that Trump was ineligible for the state’s primary election ballot. Ramaswamy vowed to boycott the race in Colorado, as well as Maine and any other state that removes a major party’s candidate from their respective ballots.
He has also been a vocal critic of the Biden Administration’s ruthless crackdown on January 6 protesters and has called for the FBI to be disbanded. Ramaswamy has also criticized the nation’s foreign policy establishment and has called for an end to funding the war in Ukraine.
While addressing his own supporters after the massive victory, Trump congratulated Ramaswamy, Haley and DeSantis on running tough campaigns.
“I want to congratulate Ron and Nikki for having a good time together… We’re all having a good time together,” Trump joked. “And I think they both actually did very well. I really do. I think they both did very well. We don’t even know what the outcome of second place is.”
“And I also want to congratulate Vivek, because he did a hell of a job. He came from zero, and he’s got a big percent, probably 8 percent, almost 8 percent, and that’s an amazing job,” Trump said of Ramaswamy. “They’re all very smart, very smart people, very capable people.”