Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy wants Americans to know the truth about how powerful people abuse their power.

According to the Times-Republican of Marshalltown, Iowa, Ramaswamy made a campaign stop on Thursday at Legends American Grill in Marshalltown, where he took questions from an audience of more than 100 people. One woman framed her question as an urgent request.

“Epstein list. Please, for our sanity’s sake, make that list public. I’m tired of being called a conspiracy theorist,” the woman said.

In August 2019, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died under suspicious circumstances while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. Many have questioned the official verdict of suicide-by-hanging. A recent report from the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General “did not uncover evidence” of foul play in Epstein’s death.

Nonetheless, doubts persist. Various reports have connected many wealthy and powerful people to Epstein’s hedonistic lair on the tiny Caribbean island of Little St. James, which one criminal complaint described as “the perfect hideaway and haven for trafficking young women and underage girls for sexual servitude, child abuse and sexual assault,” according to The Independent.

Thus, skeptical Americans such as the woman in Marshalltown want to know which of their wealthy and powerful government officials might have had a motive for silencing Epstein.

Ramaswamy sympathized.

“I think what we have a lot in this country are a lot of conspiracy realists. And so, I’m one of them,” he said in response to the questioner.

Then, the Republican presidential candidate promised to deliver should he win the White House in 2024.


“But I want to be tied to the facts, not to the narratives,” he said. “So we will publish the Jeffrey Epstein client list. No doubt about it. No doubt about it.”

Ramaswamy’s “no doubt about it” promise reaffirmed a standing pledge he made on social media.

“We need to expose the Epstein client list. The federal government has it. I’ll release it as the next U.S. President. We’re fighting corruption & no one will be spared,” Ramaswamy tweeted on May 21.

On Thursday, Ramaswamy hinted that he would reveal more than the Epstein client list.

“Think about the people who we’ve spent millions of dollars of congressional hush money, taxpayer money, used to settle sexual assault allegations for members of Congress. It’s a secret list. Why?” he said.

Finally, Ramaswamy suggested that the public should know about all abuses of government power.

“Anytime a government official has pressure private actors to do through the back door what government couldn’t do through the front door, at least publish it,” he said.

The Recount, a video journalism site, posted a clip of Ramaswamy’s answer on X Thursday. Readers can view the clip below:

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