Business entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, who has steadily risen in the polls as a 2024 Republican presidential contender, is not backing down from an earlier pledge he made regarding former President Donald Trump potentially being convicted in one or more of the federal and state indictments against him.
In an appearance on ABC News’s “This Week,” the candidate was asked whether he believes it is “okay for a convicted felon to be president,” a reference to Trump’s plethora of indictments in Manhattan, Fulton County, Ga., and from special counsel Jack Smith.
But Ramaswamy wouldn’t take the bait and responded by calling the indictments “downright politicized persecutions.”
“I do not want to see us become a ‘banana republic’ where the administrative police state uses police force to eliminate opponents from competition,” said the GOP contender, who is consistently polling in third place behind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, both of whom are well behind Trump in most national polls.
“That’s not the way it works,” he continued. “I will pick who I believe the best next president should be. I’m in this race because I believe I can lead us forward and reunite this country but if it’s not me as the nominee, I still expect that Donald Trump or whoever the Republican nominee is will be better than the alternative.”
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton White House press secretary, pressed the candidate further as to why he would support a presidential nominee who had so many indictments against him and who is being blamed for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol Building.
“What I’ve said it’s clear, if Donald Trump’s the nominee, yes, I will support him,” Ramaswamy said. “And if I’m the president, yes, I will pardon him, because that will help reunite the country, but it’s not the most important thing I’m going to do as the next president.”
Last week, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took the Biden administration and Democratic prosecutors to task for their repeated indictments against former President Donald Trump while also declaring her unwavering support for him.
In a series of social media posts after Trump’s latest indictment by special counsel Jack Smith, this time over allegations related to the Jan. 6 Capitol Building riot, the Georgia Republican also said
In one tweet, Greene described the latest charges as “a communist attack” on Americans’ ability to choose who they want to lead them.
She declared: “I will still vote for Trump even if he’s in jail. This is a communist attack on America’s first amendment to vote for who THE PEOPLE want for President by an attempt to take Trump off the ballots through a politically weaponized DOJ. People know exactly what this is.”
Following the indictments, the Georgia Republican renewed her call to impeach President Joe Biden, but not as political payback, as a result of a “mountain” of corruption “evidence” she says the GOP now possesses.
“Republicans need to open their eyes. The media is going to do their best to try to say impeaching Biden is political paybacks. That’s 100% BULLSHIT. Impeachment of Biden is because he’s a CRIMINAL and we have a mountain of evidence proving it and gaining more daily. Don’t fall for the stupid plays of media spin and interview pressures. DO THE RIGHT THING. Impeach the CRIMINAL IN CHEIF [sic]!!!” she noted in another tweet.
She has also called for Trump’s impeachments to be expunged from the official record.
“These egregious impeachments must be expunged,” Greene posted on the X platform, formally known as Twitter. “They are stains on the House of Representatives that should not be allowed to stand. It’s simple. If you voted NO on impeachment then you should be able to easily vote YES to expungement.”
She added: “Today’s indictment of President Trump is a political assassination attempt by Joe Biden and his henchmen to remove the leading presidential candidate from the ballot in 2024. The American people will reelect President Trump!”