In a recent social media post, former president and current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump predicted that one of his GOP primary challengers, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, would eventually endorse him for president.
Ramaswamy is the only GOP primary candidate who has allied himself with Trump rather than attacking him — thus Trump has not attacked Ramaswamy and has even praised him.
In a post on his social media platform, Truth Social, Trump predicted that Ramaswamy would eventually drop out and endorse him — though he noted that Ramaswamy’s political career is not over yet.
“He will, I am sure, Endorse me. But Vivek is a good man and is not done yet!” Trump wrote.
President Trump on Truth Social:
Vivek Ramaswamy is a good person and I believe he will eventually endorse me.
— Vince Manfeld (@AureliusStoic1) December 27, 2023
The former president’s comment came in response to an NBC News report that Ramaswamy’s campaign had ceased spending on TV advertising.
However, despite many analysts asserting that canceling TV ads means that Ramaswamy’s campaign was coming to an end, the entrepreneur has since explained the decision — claiming that it was a waste of money.
“Presidential TV ad spending is idiotic, low-ROI & a trick that political consultants use to bamboozle candidates who suffer from low IQ. We’re doing it differently. Spending $$ in a way that follows data…apparently a crazy idea in US politics. Big surprise coming on Jan 15,” Ramaswamy wrote in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Presidential TV ad spending is idiotic, low-ROI & a trick that political consultants use to bamboozle candidates who suffer from low IQ.
We’re doing it differently. Spending $$ in a way that follows data…apparently a crazy idea in US politics.
Big surprise coming on Jan 15. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/i2X7Q5d2T9
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 27, 2023
January 15 is the date scheduled for the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, which is the first contest in the GOP primary. Ramaswamy campaign’s press secretary Tricia McLaughlin told NBC News that ahead of the caucuses, the campaign is currently “focused on bringing out the voters we’ve identified — best way to reach them is using addressable advertising, mail, text, live calls and doors to communicate with our voters on Vivek’s vision for America, making their plan to caucus and turning them out.”
“As you know, this isn’t what most campaigns look like. We have intentionally structured this way so that we have the ability to be nimble and hypertargeted in our ad spending,” she added.
McLaughlin also indicated that Ramaswamy’s campaign would continue to spend some money on advertising via digital TV providers.
While it appears that Ramaswamy isn’t ready to drop out of the race yet, he and the other GOP primary candidates who participated in the Republican National Committee (RNC) affiliated presidential primary debates earlier this year were all required to sign a pledge to support the Republican Party’s eventual nominee.
Meanwhile, Trump has expressed his willingness to pick Ramaswamy as his running mate in the future, though Ramaswamy has repeatedly insisted that he is running only for the presidency and would not go for “plan B.”