Vivek Ramaswamy brought down the house with a rousing speech while introducing former President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire.
Ramaswamy suspended his surprising presidential campaign after coming up short in Iowa on Monday night. He immediately endorsed former President Trump, referring to him as “one of two America First candidates in the race.”
The political newcomer then travelled to New Hampshire to address a packed, standing room only venue less than 24 hours after Trump’s blowout win in Iowa. After being introduced by the former president as a “very smart guy” with a promising political future, Ramaswamy gave a rousing speech in support of Trump’s candidacy in New Hampshire and beyond.
“We are in the middle of a war in this country. That’s what this is,” Ramaswamy told the crowd. “It’s not a war between black and white. It’s not between Democrat and Republican, even in a deeper sense. It’s between the permanent state and the everyday citizen. Between those of us who love the United States of America and a fringe minority who hates this country and what we stand for. And right now we need a commander in chief who will lead us to victory in this war.”
He went on to describe himself as “someone who isn’t a bought and paid for politician” before turning to Trump, who was standing directly behind him. “Anybody heard of that?” he said, drawing a laugh from both Trump and the crowd.
Ramaswamy, who stated that his campaign was centered on telling hard truths, went on to say that he had no choice but to suspend his campaign after Trump’s dominant victory. “And so we heard we the people last night and that is why last evening I met my friend here, we met in person, and I told him that I would endorse Donald J. Trump for President of the United States and do everything in my power to lead us to victory in this war,” Ramaswamy declared, drawing a loud pop from rallygoers.
“It is a 1776 moment right now. That’s where we live right now. And you want to know what does it mean to be a Republican today? It means we believe in the ideals of 1776. Ideals like freedom and merit and the pursuit of excellence,” he continued.
Ramaswamy concluded his speech by embracing Trump and urging the crowd to vote for him in the upcoming primary.
Trump currently maintains a sizable polling advantage in the state, though former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has deployed significant resources there. Another dominant win will largely be seen as a knockout blow to Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.