Vivek Ramaswamy, an entrepreneur and a Republican presidential candidate for 2024, denounced the federal indictments against former President Donald Trump as politically motivated persecution. Ramaswamy stated that he would pardon Trump on his first day in office if elected.
During the interview on “American Agenda,” Ramaswamy, though polling a distant third in the Republican primary and in opposition to Trump, criticized the criminal proceedings against the former president.
Calling it a “politicized persecution through prosecution,” Ramaswamy argued that these cases would not be pursued if Trump’s last name were different. Despite his political rivalry with Trump, Ramaswamy stressed the importance of fair competition and opposed the notion of using federal powers to eliminate opponents from the race.
While discussing his platform for the 2024 GOP candidacy, Ramaswamy addressed various other issues. He outlined his strategy to address the root causes of crime in the United States, which he identified as illegal immigration, mental health, and restoring law and order by empowering law enforcement agencies.
While he supported sealing the southern border and being pro-law enforcement, Ramaswamy took a different stance on mental health issues. He proposed reopening psychiatric institutions to tackle the rising mental health and psychiatric illness epidemic in the country.
Protecting Medicare and social security for seniors was a priority for Ramaswamy, who emphasized his commitment by stating, “No cuts for seniors.” However, he expressed his intention to eliminate policies that incentivize behavior contrary to individual well-being, such as receiving more payment for not working than working.
Addressing the topic of abortion, Ramaswamy described himself as “unapologetically pro-life.” He advocated for shifting the conversation from women’s rights to human rights, even though he personally opposed abortion even in cases of rape, incest, and with minors.
Ramaswamy then turned his attention to high school graduates, suggesting that they should either pass the civics test required of immigrants seeking citizenship or serve in the U.S. military or as a first-responder for a minimum of six months. He highlighted the need to address the decline in national pride, particularly among the youth.