As we draw closer to the 2024 primaries, the key players are slowly emerging. While the Democratic field seems all but set, it’s the Republican side that’s garnering attention. Standing out from the crowd is Vivek Ramaswamy, currently in fourth place in the Real Clear Politics poll averages, just behind former Vice President Mike Pence.
Ramaswamy, who seems to have piqued someone’s interest, recently became the subject of various accusations. The allegations suggested that he is:
- A representative of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
- Tied to George Soros
- Bankrolled by the Soros family
- A proponent of COVID masking
In a move of transparency, Ramaswamy addressed these allegations head-on in a video he posted on Twitter.
Starting with the WEF, Ramaswamy categorically denied any affiliation, stating, “What is my relationship with the World Economic Forum? Answer: None, other than being probably their biggest critic here in the United States.” He expanded, noting that his name had been erroneously listed as a ‘young global leader’ by the WEF, despite his repeated requests for its removal due to ideological differences. The issue escalated to a lawsuit filed by Ramaswamy against the WEF, as reported by the New York Post.
Addressing the accusations of connection with George Soros, Ramaswamy was straightforward, denying any link to the billionaire. However, he was candid about receiving a scholarship in 2010, partially funded not by George, but by Paul Soros, George’s brother. As he states, “In 2010, I won a scholarship when I was 24, 25 years old, headed to law school, that was partly funded by, not George Soros, but Paul Soros, who’s a relative, a brother of George Soros, who made his money independently, who, by the way, is now dead.”
Ramaswamy’s name indeed features on the website of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. He added that rejecting that scholarship would have been “so foolish that anybody that foolish probably should have no place anywhere near the White House doing trade deals on behalf of this country.”
Finally, Ramaswamy addressed the controversy surrounding a pro-mask tweet from July 2020, attributing it to his “anti-government instincts”. He pointed out that his stance on masks was a reaction against the government and Dr. Anthony Fauci advising against mask purchases to ensure adequate supply for healthcare professionals.
In summary, Ramaswamy has refuted the allegations, providing transparent responses to each point. He has claimed:
- No voluntary ties with the WEF, against which he has been a vocal critic.
- No connection with George Soros.
- He accepted a scholarship partially funded by Paul Soros, George’s brother.
- His pro-mask stance was based on anti-government sentiment, not pro-mask advocacy.
Furthermore, Ramaswamy recently announced that he had amassed sufficient unique donations to qualify for the first Republican primary debate. As we move closer to 2024, it seems clear that we should expect the unexpected in this political race.