Vivek Ramaswamy BLASTS America’s Mental Health Epidemic: ‘This Is A Social Contagion’

2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy shared his concerns about America’s mental health epidemic and LGBTQ social contagion on Sunday.


Ramaswamy, who is “not angry with trans people,” but “frustrated with the culture that venerates a mental health illness,” called on Americans to speak truth in his Twitter video.

“That’s got to be the first step towards getting to a solution,” Ramaswamy concluded. “And that’s what I’m hoping to deliver.”

According to Ramaswamy’s tweet, “5% of American adults under 30 ‘identify’ as trans.” 

“5 years ago,” he added, “0.6% of 18-29 year olds said they were trans.” 

Big League Politics has reported on this social contagion in the past, highlighting that the number of younger teenagers who identify as transgender has nearly doubled in the U.S. over the last few years.

The number of transgender people aged 13 to 17 in the U.S. is almost twice what it was in 2017. Just five years ago, the Williams Institute estimates that around 0.7% of younger teens were transgender in America – making up around 150,000 teens. 

As of 2022, that number appears to sit around 300,000.

A February Gallup poll showed that 7.2% of Americans identify as LGBT. 

After showing perceptible increases in 2020 and 2021, U.S. adults’ identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual held steady in 2022, at 7.2%. The current percentage is double what it was when Gallup first measured LGBT identification a decade ago.

Earlier this month, Ramaswamy told Fox Business that young people are hungry for a cause. Hence their movement towards the trans ideology.

“So woke this or gender ideology, or the climate cult that will fill the void,” the GOP presidential candidate said. 

“But what we need to do for the next generation, Charles, is fill that void of identity with a vision of American national identity that runs so deep that it dilutes the woke agenda to irrelevance,” he added.

Though Ramaswamy’s current poll numbers are low compared to Trump and DeSantis, he is surely speaking about the cultural issues other low-polling GOP candidates seem to be avoiding. 

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