Since announcing his bid for president in 2024, Vivek Ramaswamy has now reportedly come under fire for remarks that some have deemed to be racially insensitive.
Recently, the 38-year-old entrepreneur received criticism for comparing Rep. Ayanna Pressley, a far-left Black Democrat from Massachusetts, to “modern grand wizards” of the Ku Klux Klan.
He has battled with former CNN anchor Don Lemon over what it was like to live as a Black person in America, claimed that the American educational system is a “modern ghetto system,” and that the government compensates single mothers in inner areas.
Ramaswamy, an Indian American, began his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in February.
His video of that announcement included a quote from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But a lot of the language has similarities to that of previous President Trump.
Ramaswamy has been gaining ground in the polls, and some have him posing a serious challenge to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has routinely polled second for the GOP nomination after Trump.
However, his racial rhetoric continues to be criticized, with some analysts claiming that his remarks do not at all speak to Black voters.
Republicans have put a lot of work into increasing their appeal to voters of color, such as Black and Latino voters, in recent years.