Tonight, Donald Trump and Vivek Ramaswamy shared the stage for the first time together, at Trump’s rally in Atkinson, New Hampshire.
During the event, Trump called for unity in the Republican party, then called Vivek onstage, calling him a “true leader” with a “a big, beautiful, bright future ahead.”
Vivek threw his full support behind Trump and brought a lot of energy with him onstage, speaking to the crowd – many of whom had waited for hours in freezing cold temperatures and 6 inches of snow to see Trump and Vivek for the first event since Trump’s landslide victory in the Iowa caucus, less than 24 hours prior.
“Patriots across this state, we are in the middle of a WAR. That’s what this is,” Vivek said,
“We need a Commander-in-Chief who will lead us to victory in this war.”
Watch the moment for yourself here:
Vivek Ramaswamy speaks at President Donald Trump's rally in New Hampshire.
— Grand Old Patriots🇺🇸 (@GrandOlPatriots) January 17, 2024
BREAKING: Vivek Ramaswamy is on FIRE as Donald Trump welcomes him to the stage in New Hampshire in his first appearance after endorsing President Trump:
"We need a Commander-in-Chief who will lead us to victory in this war."
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 17, 2024
Vivek went on to encourage New Hampshire voters to vote for Trump.
Speaking about the ideals of the Founding Fathers, Vivek said of Trump,
“We believe those ideals still exist, this man is going to be your next president to revive them.” He went on declare, “This is a 1776 moment RIGHT NOW.”
JUST IN: Vivek takes the stage with a Donald Trump in New Hampshire..
“It is a 1776 moment right now.” pic.twitter.com/WvPWW1nAhh
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) January 17, 2024
After Vivek’s energetic, moving speech, Trump stated “he’s gonna be working with us for a long time…”
Vice president, perhaps?
BREAKING: Donald Trump says Vivek Ramaswamy will be "working with us" after Vivek gave a fiery speech in New Hampshire.
During his speech, Vivek urged New Hampshire to vote for Trump.
"There is not a better choice left in this race than this man right here. And that is… pic.twitter.com/IVr5gOxw3Y
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 17, 2024
The crowd in New Hampshire was certainly supportive of a Trump/Vivek ticket.
Chants of “VP! VP!” broke out, following Vivek’s appearance.
Take a look:
🚨𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝗜𝗡 – Tonight at Donald Trump’s New Hampshire rally, featuring Vivek Ramaswamy, people began chanting “VP, VP” at the end of Vivek’s speech in reference to Donald Trump making Vivek his Vice President pick for his 2024 run.
While this was happening it appeared… pic.twitter.com/HR7Nn15TS9
— Right Angle News Network (@Rightanglenews) January 17, 2024
The Boston Herald reported on Trump and Vivek’s first rally together:
Hundreds of the former president’s supporters packed into the ballroom at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, filling the room well before his 5 p.m. address was due to be given, many after waiting for hours in the January cold and a sudden snowstorm.
Trump didn’t take the stage until almost 2 hours after his scheduled start and spoke for about an hour. He took no questions from the audience.
Ed Young, of Brick, New Jersey, told the Herald he had arrived before dawn on Tuesday to be one of the first in the door for what would be his 66th Trump rally.
Covered top to bottom in Trump buttons and regalia, the amateur filmmaker said the former president puts on a show unlike any other politician.
“He is our first rock-star, superhero president. He’s the real-life Tony Stark. He’s President Iron Man,” Young said.
Young has been to rallies as far south as the Carolinas, he said, driving to as many as he can make without losing his full-time job. He’ll be back in New Hampshire this weekend for another of the president’s planned rallies.
He keeps coming back, time after time, he said, because the fate of the nation is at stake this election cycle.
“Donald Trump is the only one that can save this country,” Young said.
The 45th President has good reason to dedicate his time to New Hampshire despite his dominance in national polls, which have shown him with an about 50 point lead on his fellow conservatives for much of the year-long run up to the first primary. That lead dwindles to just single digits in the Granite State, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley close at his heels.
Trump’s speech, as per usual, was wide ranging and bombastic, punctuated with pantomime and peppered with of sudden spikes in the volume of his voice. He introduced Ramaswamy to the crowd shortly after taking the stage, when the 38-year-old former-candidate said the Republican party is in the middle of a “war” against “woke” ideology and liberal ideas.
Trump, Ramaswamy said, can stop it.
“We’re going to make this happen,” Ramaswamy said. “We need a commander in chief who will lead us to victory in this war.”
“It is a 1776 moment right now,” he continued. “To Make America Great Again, vote for this man in the New Hampshire primary.”
“He was doing well, it’s an honor to have his endorsement,” Trump said, before launching into an attack on Haley.
The Washington Examiner gave some background to the NH event:
Trump triumphed in Monday’s contest by the largest margin ever, winning more votes than every other Republican candidate combined. After disappointing showings, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson dropped out, leaving former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) to compete with Trump.
What do you think? Do you want to see Vivek chosen as Trump’s VP?
Do you think this was the role Trump was referring to after his speech tonight?
Would you support this team in 2024?
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) January 17, 2024