GOP Presidential Candidate Vivek Ramaswamy Rips Former President Trump-Would Shut FBI
Wealthy biotech entrepreneur, author, and 2024 GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy ripped into former president Trump, the current frontrunner, on his handling of affirmative action, the border, and COVID-19.
In an interview with the New York Post at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland’s National Harbor, Ramaswamy promised to annihilate governmental bloat if elected by acting at least ten governmental agencies, including the “politicized” FBI.
“I will shut it down and replace it with something new built from scratch to take its place.”
He also mentioned that the Department of Education (DOE) has no reason to exist.
“When you have thousands of people working in a bureaucracy that don’t actually have a purpose to serve they find things to do instead.”
Ramaswamy has clarified this portion of his platform, making it a central point in his campaign announcement ad.
“It means you believe the people who we elect to run the government, are the ones who actually run the government. Not a federal bureaucracy that grows like a national cancer that has now metastasized into the private sector.”
Ramaswamy, born to Indian immigrant parents, trashed Trump for allowing affirmative action to continue during his four years in office. According to Ramaswamy, Trump “could have ended affirmative action with the stroke of a pen. He didn’t,”
This is another point the candidate made in his campaign announcement.
“To me, the American dream means you believe in merit. That you get ahead in this country, not on the color of your skin but on the content of your character and your contributions.”
Ramaswamy also slammed Trump for handling the border, despite it being one of Trump’s main rhetorical focuses.
“He had a chance to use military force against the cartels — didn’t do it,” Ramaswamy said. The GOP candidate said that, if elected, he plans to establish a U.S. military presence on the southern border to control immigration and, more importantly, to stop the murderous cartels from shipping in deadly fentanyl.
In the interview, he said he would go after cartels like terrorist groups due to their fentanyl trafficking.
“I would prioritize … the use of the US military to secure our border. That includes using the military to decimate the cartels, the way you would treat terrorists like Soleimani or Bin Laden.”
Ramaswamy also knocked Trump for giving Dr. Anthony Fauci too much leeway during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I think [Fauci] seized authority that no statute or the constitution gave him. I think he should have been fired.”
Despite his criticisms, Ramaswamy insisted that he had a good deal of respect and admiration for the former President, who he said: “sets a high bar.”
“He’s a friend. I know him. I genuinely believe he cares about national unity.”
During a fiery speech at CPAC, Ramaswamy also criticized the climate change movement as akin to the Spanish inquisition, part of the candidate’s general opposition towards “wokeism.”
“The climate religion has about as much to do with the climate as the Spanish Inquisition had to do with Christ — which is to say nothing at all. It is about power, dominion, control, punishment, and apologizing for what we have achieved in this country. Both were just about exercising power and punishment.”