Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer, will make a bid for the White House in 2024, becoming the second long-shot Democratic candidate to challenge President Joe Biden in his expected run for re-election.
Kennedy, 69, the son of assassinated 1968 presidential candidate U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, filed papers with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
A longtime vaccine skeptic, Kennedy was tapped in 2017 to oversee a presidential panel to review vaccine safety and science at the request of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a move that drew immediate criticism from establishment scientists and government public health “experts” who feared it would legitimize skeptics of childhood immunizations.
FACING MASSIVE MEDIA OPPOSITION
Kennedy is already facing massive opposition from legacy and social media giants. Outlets such as CNN, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal have labeled him “anti-vaccine” in headlines or the first line of their announcements about his candidacy.
In 2021, Instagram removed Kennedy’s account after he repeatedly shared claims about COVID-19 that challenged the mainstream narrative.
Kennedy hinted at his presidential ambitions in a Twitter post last month asking for help in deciding whether he should run for the White House.
“If it looks like I can raise the money and mobilize enough people to win, I’ll jump in the race,” he wrote.
“If I run, my top priority will be to end the corrupt merger between state and corporate power that has ruined our economy, shattered the middle class, polluted our landscapes and waters, poisoned our children, and robbed us of our values and freedoms.”
Marianne Williamson, the self-help guru who warned of the “dark psychic force” unleashed by Republican President Donald Trump, launched a Democratic presidential bid for 2024 in March, calling for “justice and love.”
Copyright 2023 Thomson/Reuters. Additions and edits by Jacob Fuller, FISM News.