- Vivek Ramaswamy was one of three Yale law students to receive a $50,000 Soros scholarship in 2011, aged 24, for immigrants, or children of immigrants
- Ramaswamy is passionately against affirmative action and his party is deeply suspicious of the Soros family: he defended the money, saying he needed it
- On Thursday, MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan shredded Ramaswamy’s excuses for taking the money, noting he was at that point making hundreds of thousands
Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy took a $50,000 scholarship to law school for immigrant descendants from the Soros family and took the funds despite being wealthy before enrolling.
Ramaswamy, asked during a July appearance on conservative channel Real America’s Voice about the scholarship, claimed he took the money because he could not afford the Yale law school fees.
But the explanation was ripped to shreds by MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan on Thursday, leaving a visibly squirming Ramaswamy struggling to change the subject.
‘You say you are anti-identity politics, anti-Affirmative Action, in a party that hates the Soros name – and yet you accepted a Paul and Daisy Soros scholarship at law school that was specifically set up for the children of immigrants,’ Hasan told the Republican hopeful.
‘And your defense for that is that you didn’t have the money to pay for law school.
‘Even though you had already made over a million dollars at the time.’