Entrepreneur and Republican senatorial candidate Shiva Ayyadurai challenged his critics concerning his bid to replace Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018: “Only a real Indian can defeat a fake Indian.”
On Fox News, Ayyadurai recounted his success that followed immigrating to the United States in 1970 at the age of seven years. Beside taking four degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has founded seven successful companies. He told Fox News, “I’m looking forward to going against Warren.” Ayyadurai said, “I know how these elites work. I know I can defeat her.”
Ayyadurai said he is happily anticipating the Republican state convention in April 2018, which will be followed by a primary race in September. “In Massachusetts, 46 percent of Democrats have said that Elizabeth Warren should not run,” said Ayyadurai. “So there’s a significant opportunity here. For me, defeating Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts is driving a bigger blow to these institutions of power right in the belly of the beast.”
On Fox News’ “Varney & Company,” Ayyadurai said that Donald Trump’s electoral victory prompted him to run for office. “When I saw Donald Trump win, I felt this was a call for, frankly, a new American Revolution. People like scientists and engineers, people who actually work for a living, should participate in government. I think that’s the ideal of our fore-founders.”
Massachusetts is the “belly of the beast,” said Ayyadurai, who pointed out that it is home to academic elites and “the people who think they know better.” Referring to progressives as “fake fighters,” Ayyadurai, said, "They pander, they manipulate the masses, and they create fights that do not exist and want to create big things." Ayyadurai said, "If you look at Dodd-Frank, it essentially destroyed 1,200 community banks. Obamacare destroyed thousands of local doctors. And if you go back to Sarbanes-Oxley, which the Democrats supported, they essentially destroyed many small businesses because of the regulations."
Ayyadurai, who was born in India, said only a "real Indian" can beat a fake Indian. Warren once claimed she had Cherokee Indian heritage until it was discovered this was not true. Ayyadurai sent her a DNA test kit for her birthday this year but Warren returned it, unused. Ayyadurai said the stunt was not a gimmick. "Here's a woman who checked off the box who said she is Native American. This foretells a person who is a self-serving elitist, is willing to cut in line if she needs, is willing to promote policies, for example, illegal immigration, so others can cut in line."
Ayyadurai said he believes progressives "play a very good game" but he considers them to be un-American.