Vivek Ramaswamy Says he Wants Elon Musk to be His Presidential Adviser – The prospective Republican presidential nominee, Vivek Ramaswamy, expressed his desire to have Elon Musk as an advisor should he win the presidency. Ramaswamy, a billionaire biotech entrepreneur, made this statement during a campaign event in Newton, Iowa, where he was participating in a town hall gathering last Friday.
He was responding to a question about his preferred choices for advisers in the event of a successful presidential bid. Ramaswamy said in response that he wanted people with a “blank fresh impression” who do not “come from within” the government. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know better, Elon Musk recently, I expect him to be an interesting adviser of mine because he laid off 75% of the employees at Twitter,” NBC reports. “And then the effectiveness actually went up.”
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In an earlier interview this month with Fox News, Ramaswamy said of the layoffs: “What [Musk] did at Twitter is a good example of what I want to do with the administrative state. Take out the 75% of the dead weight cost, improve the actual experience of what it’s supposed to do.” Ramaswamy’s response on Friday also doubles down on comments he made in February.
“Just as @elonmusk did at Twitter, as president I will release the ‘state action files’ from the federal government – exposing every instance where the feds pressured companies to take constitutionally prohibited actions. Roll that log over & see what crawls out. Won’t be pretty.” Since Ramaswamy joined the campaign trail, he has attracted the attention and praise from Musk, who earlier this month said: “He is a very promising candidate.”
In response to another tweet in which Ramaswamy repeated his campaign values including “God is real,” “There are two genders,” “Human flourishing requires fossil fuels,” and “Reverse racism is racism,” Musk wrote: “He states his beliefs clearly.” In spite of his self-presentation as an “outsider” and his allegations that his rivals are influenced by GOP donors, a recent investigation revealed that Ramaswamy has significant connections to influential individuals spanning the entire political spectrum.
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These connections include notable figures like Peter Thiel, a prominent right-wing contributor and co-founder of PayPal. Ramaswamy is also connected to Leonard Leo, a notable right-wing advocate currently facing investigation in Washington DC for his endeavors to appoint judges to federal courts, including the supreme court.
Further investigations conducted by ProPublica and Documented have disclosed that Ramaswamy has given speeches at gatherings organized by Teneo, an organization chaired by Leo with the aim of diminishing liberal influence in American society.