Anti-vaccine activist Kennedy Jr to challenge Biden in 2024
Robert F. Kennedy Jr, an offshoot of one of America’s foremost political dynasties will challenge the United States President Joe Biden in 2024.
Kennedy Jr who has emerged as a prominent anti-vaccine activist in recent years, has been running a low-profile exploratory committee and spoke in the early-primary state of New Hampshire last month.
According to Bloomberg, Kennedy, 69, filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday, listing a Los Angeles address and a Democratic Party affiliation. He is the son of Robert F. Kennedy, the former US attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968 during his own campaign for president.
Kennedy, who is also a nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy, would face an uphill battle challenging an incumbent president from his own party.
He is expected to join self-help author Marianne Williamson in opposing Biden in the Democratic primaries.
Kennedy has espoused conspiracy theories about the dangers of vaccines, which began with debunked studies linking early childhood vaccinations to autism but became more prominent in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.
A video of his speech at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire last month was removed from YouTube for violating the platform’s rules against medical misinformation.
At an anti-vaccine rally last year, he said that Anne Frank, who died in the Holocaust, was more fortunate than workers subject to vaccine mandates — a remark condemned even by his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, best known for HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Kennedy apologized in a tweet. “To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry,” he wrote.
He practices law and has served in various roles for environmental groups like the Natural Resources Defense Council, Hudson Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance.