Political outsider and GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy has established a reputation for expressing his views openly, irrespective of the sensitivity of his remarks.
Ramaswamy has engaged in pointed criticism of his Republican opponents, including Nikki Haley during one debate where he made reference to the social media accounts of her children. During a separate debate segment, he denounced the Republican National Committee, referring to them as a “party of losers” and attributing the party’s electoral defeats to RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Calling out the media as well, Ramaswamy stated, “Think about who’s moderating this debate. This should be Tucker Carlson, Joe Rogan, and Elon Musk. We’d have ten times the viewership. Asking questions that GOP primary voters actually care [about] and bringing more people into our party.”
Despite the fact that Ramaswamy’s precise remarks are garnering thunderous acclaim, some individuals are concerned for the candidate because of them.
A former FBI agent spoke to Ramaswamy and gave his opinion, warning the Republican presidential candidate that he should “be careful” and get some “very competent people” around him in a chilling campaign trail moment.
The man identified himself as Mike Wyatt, a former police officer and 22-year veteran of the FBI. “When I went in, it was fidelity, bravery, integrity. It broke my heart,” Wyatt said about the bureau’s current state. “This can’t be. This can’t go on.”
Ramaswamy asked the man for his opinion on what he should do, and the man advised him to “get some very, very competent help” and “very competent people to do some intelligence work before you went places.”
Ramaswamy evidently took the video he uploaded detailing the encounter seriously.
I met a former FBI agent and his wife on the campaign trail here in Iowa. They agree with me: we need to root out the corruption & shut down the FBI. At the local level, we have police & prosecutors. At the federal level, we have U.S. marshals & the DOJ. An intermediary… pic.twitter.com/gt9153XyaS
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) December 1, 2023
“I met a former FBI agent and his wife on the campaign trail here in Iowa. They agree with me: we need to root out the corruption & shut down the FBI. At the local level, we have police & prosecutors,” Ramaswamy wrote in an X post shortly after the conversation.
“At the federal level, we have U.S. marshals & the DOJ. An intermediary bureaucracy is rife with risk for politicized corruption, and it’s been happening since J. Edgar Hoover in the 60s. ”
Ramaswamy has announced “ten commandments’ of his campaign, and one of those is FBI reform. The weaponization of the DOJ and FBI is of paramount importance to him as well as the leading candidate, President Donald Trump who is being persecuted by those Biden administration entities.
Ramaswamy contends that outright dismantling of several federal agencies has become necessary. “In many cases, these agencies are redundant relative to functions that are already performed elsewhere in the federal government,” Ramaswamy said in an interview with NBC News this past July.
The proposal put forth by the Republican candidate entailed the redistribution of funds originally designated for the FBI to the U.S. Secret Service, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. He contends that this would effectively mitigate corruption by downsizing the agency and ensuring that critical law enforcement responsibilities are delegated to alternative entities.
The following are the top ten campaign concerns according to the biotechnology engineer:
1. God is real.
2. There are two genders.
3. Human flourishing requires fossil fuels.
4. Reverse racism is racism.
5. An open border is no border.
6. Parents determine the education of their children.
7. The nuclear family is the greatest form of governance known to mankind.
8. Capitalism lifts people up from poverty.
9. There are three branches of the U.S. government, not four.
10. The U.S. Constitution is the strongest guarantor of freedoms in history.
Fox News reports:
Ramaswamy’s been showcasing his list in recent weeks at campaign stops in the early voting states.
During an event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, Ramaswamy shared details of his upbringing and his concern that the American Dream may not exist for further generations.
“My parents came to this country 40 years ago with no money in a single generation. I have gone on to found multi-billion-dollar companies and did it while marrying my wife, Apoorva, and raising our two sons. That is the American dream, and I am deeply worried that that American dream will not exist for my two sons and their generation.”
While former President Donald Trump currently leads in the surveys not only among Republicans but also among Independents and Democrats, he is engaged in an ongoing struggle against the very type of federal government weaponization to which Ramaswamy alludes.
The former president has successfully navigated all legal conflicts while campaigning and establishing himself as the frontrunner in the 2024 election, despite facing cases in three states.
In September, Ramaswamy aired an advertisement in New Hampshire claiming he would “shut down” the FBI if elected.
“The Biden Department of Justice and the FBI are sinking in a swamp of corruption,” the narration in the ad said. “Vivek Ramaswamy is the only candidate who will shut down the FBI.”
Hmmm…Trump might have some plans for the FBI himself.