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Most conservative pundits expected Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to be closing the gap on President Trump and giving him a real run for his money by now. However, in our unpredictable and crazy world of American politics, that is not what has happened.
Instead, the standout is a newcomer named Vivek Ramaswamy, who has no chance of beating Trump, but has certainly captured the hearts and minds of many within the MAGA movement in a way that DeSantis has so far failed to do. In fact, Vivek secured second place in TPUSA’s long-awaited and highly popular straw poll for the GOP primaries.
Former President Trump leads TPUSA’s annual conference poll with 86% of the vote.
Presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) steals second, knocking out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis from the previous year.
— AF Post (@AFPost) July 18, 2023
Just look at the incredible welcome Vivek received at the recent TPUSA convention. That kind of high-energy welcome is usually only reserved for President Trump.
None other than President Trump attends this reception at TPUSA.
“ONE! USA! USA!”@VivekGRamaswamy has a bright future!
Please help get your message out. We need more America First stars! pic.twitter.com/3ADVOwR9iN
— FFT™👠Conservative Values & News (@FemalesForTrump) July 16, 2023
The crowd also went wild during his speech.
The crowd is loving Vivek Ramaswamy @TPUSA ACTCON, even though he’s running against Donald Trump.
— Evan Kilgore 🇺🇸 (@EvanAKilgore) July 15, 2023
The positive response from MAGA and others on the right has encouraged Vivek to wade further into the political waters. He recently created a tweet that bypassed the fake news media in which he revealed all of his judicial picks and explained why he selected them, including for the Supreme Court.
Here’s what Vivek shared in the tweet that has gone mega-viral:
Today I present my list of hand-picked judicial appointments to the US Supreme Court and the federal Courts of Appeals. Biden’s primary focus appeared to be on racial and gender diversity. Although I drew on diverse experiences (current and former federal judges, a former attorney general, two US senators), my sole criteria was to select candidates with an unwavering commitment to an original understanding of the US Constitution, which also understand the unique threats to freedom. in the 21st century (including lurking state action). Our courts remain the last line of defense against government overreach and weaponization. As president I will appoint judges who will protect the integrity of our constitutional Republic.
My list was not drawn from personal recommendations or back deals. I haven’t met most of the people on this list personally, but I will take the time to get to know them over the next year. This list was developed through a robust process over several months with input from multiple outside groups and a rigorous internal review focused on reviewing court decisions and other writings to ensure clear commitments to the letter of the US Constitution.
Nominees for the US Supreme Court:
James Ho, United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
– He authored the lower court’s opinion in Dobbs, which the Supreme Court later followed.
– Unlawful lockdowns, closing churches during pandemic rejected in Spell v. Edwards.
Lawrence Van Dyke, United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
– The contests of women protected from transgender activism in Green v. Miss United States.
– Protected Second Amendment rights during the pandemic in McDougall v. Ventura County.
Lisa Branch, US Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
– Maintenance of the powers of Congress against the administrative state in Salcedo v. Hanna.
– Ruled on election integrity and voter ID laws in Greater Birmingham Ministries v. Sec’y of State for Ala.
Thomas Hardiman, United States Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
– He spoke out against discrimination from the point of view of the nation and for freedom of expression in Ne. bread Freethought Society v. Cnty. of Lackawanna Transit Sys.
– Judicial review supported to hold the administrative state responsible in Del. Riverkeeper Network v. Sec’y Bread Dep’t of Evntl. prot.
Justin Walker, United States Court of Appeals, DC Circuit
– Spoke against pandemic lockdowns and for religious freedom in a drive-thru church ruling at On Fire Christian Center, Inc. v. Fischer et al.
– He struck a blow against the administrative state in an important article in a law journal.
John Bush, US Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
– Defended workers from administrative state-imposed vaccine mandates in Kentucky V. Biden.
– Wrote in favor of parental rights and against mask mandates at Resurrection Sch. v. Hertel.
Paul Clement, former US Attorney General
– Argued against deference to the administrative state in Loper Bright Enterprises, et al., v. Raimondo
– Not only did the New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass’n, Inc. win a major gun rights victory. v. Bruen, but also resigned the same day from his law firm after they said they would no longer take Second Amendment cases.
Mike Lee, United States Senator from Utah
– Twice clerked under the heroic Justice Samuel Alito, both in the lower courts and the Supreme Court.
– Known as one of the leading advocates of originalism in Congress, and in his book “Saving New: The Fight Against the Left’s Bold Plan to Pack the Supreme Court and Destroy American Liberty.”
Ted Cruz, US Senator from Texas
– Fought for the Constitution and against the left-wing radical judicial packaging.
– A champion of religious freedom who was the recipient of the 2017 American Legion Religious Freedom Award.
Candidates for the Court of Appeal:
Sarah Pitlyk, United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
– Defended the religious freedom of Catholics with his amicus brief for Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
– Strongly rebuked racial quotas in an amicus brief for Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.
Kathryn Mizelle, United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
– Overturned federal travel mask mandate in Health Freedom Def. Fund against Biden.
– Defended Florida’s right to ban sanctuary cities in City of South Miami v. Governor.
Martha Pacold, United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
– Protected the free exercise rights of workers in Castro v. Dart.
– Free speech rights were upheld for a parade at Aurora Pride against the City of Aurora.
Matthew Kacsmaryk, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
– Took strong pro-life anti-abortion action by mail at Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine et al. v. US Food and Drug Administration et al.
– He defended the US border and the Constitution in Texas against Biden.
Brantley Starr, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
– Protected against the excesses of the administrative state in Kovac v. Wray.
– Protected rights of freedom of expression of workers in Carter v. Transp. Union of Workers of Am. Local 556.
Stephen Alexander Vaden, US Court of International Trade
– Filed an amicus brief defending the election integrity of Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless v. Husted.
– As the USDA’s general counsel, he defended his power to move employees out of DC and downtown.
Ryan Holte, US Court of Federal Claims
– Commendable loyalty to textualist principles in Nycal Offshore Development Corp v. United States.
– Defended the constitutional principles of property rights in Campo v. United States.
Today I present my list of hand-picked judicial appointments to the US Supreme Court and the federal Courts of Appeals. Biden’s primary focus appeared to be on racial and gender diversity. Although I drew from a variety of experiences: current and former federal judges, a former…
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) July 17, 2023
This refreshingly simple tweet was well received by conservatives. In fact, many argue that one of Vivek’s most attractive qualities, apart from being a populist and an outsider, is his transparency. If all politicians were half as open, our country would be in much better shape.