During a May 1 interview on the NBC News program "Meet the Press," the Republican candidate clarified that he does not want to "defund the FBI" – contrary to what host Chuck Todd suggested.
"I didn't say defund the FBI. I said, shut down the FBI and replace it with something new," he said. "I think it's a new apparatus built from scratch that actually respects the law instead of making it up."
Ramaswamy told Todd that he does not want to "replace the old FBI with a new FBI." Instead, he plans to establish "a new institution built from scratch to carry out federal law enforcement." For Ramaswamy, "the existing FBI [and] the people who work there have [been] there for so long they'll be getting in their own way."
"I personally believe [as] someone who's running to actually run the executive branch of the government: When you have a bureaucracy whose culture becomes so ossified, every once in a while, you need to turn it over," he continued.
"We need federal law enforcement, but that institution has, in a bipartisan way, become so, I think ossified in its own norms, in its own corruption, that we need to rebuild it from scratch and have something new take its place." (Related: FBI's Wray shows he's a deep state swamp creature after claiming he wouldn't use term "spying" to describe FBI surveillance on Trump campaign officials.)
According to Ramaswamy, the problem lies with the people who have been working with the federal law enforcement agency for decades.
"What I say is: If I'm the U.S. president and I can't work for the federal government for more than eight years – which I think is a good thing – then none of those bureaucrats reporting in to me should either. There's people who have worked there for decades."
Days after announcing his candidacy in February, Ramaswamy promised to downsize the federal government in more ways than one. If elected, he promised to shut down a range of government agencies; put an eight-year term limit on government bureaucrats; remove civil service protections for federal employees; fire about 50 percent of federal employees; and move the remaining agencies out of the federal capital.
"If the [Department of Transportation] was in Ohio, it'd be a different story right now," Ramaswamy remarked, referencing how it was absent during the East Palestine, Ohio train derailment and subsequent chemical spill.
He also proposed limiting the Federal Reserve, expressing his intent to limit its headcount by more than 90 percent in a social media post. Ramaswamy accused the central bank of "playing god" with its monetary policy decisions over the past 20 years.
"Time to go back to focusing the Fed on stabilizing the dollar, period. If elected, I will," he wrote in a separate social media post.
While Ramaswamy's promises to dismantle the Deep State are noble, he has a long way to go when it comes to the polls. According to a RealClearPolitics survey, Ramaswamy has about 2.3 percent of support among GOP voters. This put him at the bottom among other potential candidates such as former President Donald Trump (51.3 percent), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (23 percent) and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (3.9 percent).
Despite this, an internal memo obtained by POLITICO painted an optimistic picture of the businessman. The memo by Ramaswamy's manager Ben Yoho predicted that GOP voters may turn to him as an alternative to the feuding Trump and DeSantis. While the former president has announced his candidacy, the Sunshine State's governor has not – but has implied a possible run.
"As Trump and DeSantis continue to destroy each other over the summer and into the fall, GOP voters will be looking for an alternative who is an outsider and embraces the Trump-America First agenda," Yoho wrote.
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