Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy suggested that he would ask former President Donald Trump to be and “adviser” or “mentor,” adding that Trump might accept because “he’s a patriot.”
During and interview with commentator Brilyn Hollyhand, the Ohio businessman was asked if he’d accept to be Trump’s vice president if he was offered the position.
“You’re in second place, right behind President Trump. If he called you today and asked you to be vice president, would you accept?” Hollyhand asked Ramaswamy.
“I would make the same offer in return,” Ramaswamy responded. “I doubt he’d be vice president after he’s been president. We share something in common: Neither of us makes for a good number two, but what I would ask him and where I expect him if I’m successful, I expect him to do it because he’s a patriot, is to be an adviser, maybe a mentor, actually, in some ways, to understand … this is where we did well, this is where the bodies are buried, this is where we went, maybe wrong, and what I would do different.”
Vivek has been a vocal critic of the Trump indictments, and has also suggested that he would pardon the 45th president if he got into office.
Last month, Fox News host Shannon Bream briefly pressed Vivek on why he won’t criticize Trump.
“There’s been a lot of criticism that you’re not taking direct shots at him, that you’re not actually running against him,” Bream said to Ramaswamy during their interview. “You’ve talked about that you think that you’d possibly pardon him should you become president. He’s potentially facing another round of federal charges in connection with January 6.”
Bream then noted that Ramaswamy had condemned Trump following the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
“Why are you and the other candidates now so quick to defend him? Are you worried about the punch-back you would take for him if you’re actually critical of that behavior now?”
“I’ve been consistent all along that I would have made different judgments than Donald Trump made,” Ramaswamy said, adding that “a bad judgment is not the same thing as a crime.” He then slammed the indictment of Trump, saying the U.S. is turning into “a banana republic where the party in power uses police force to arrest its political opponents.”
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