The longshot campaign of anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to unseat Vice President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary for the next year has begun.
Kennedy, a descendant of one of the most prominent political families in the nation who has recently been associated with specific far-right organizations, launched his campaign on Wednesday in Boston and compared it to the American Revolution.
“My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign and throughout my presidency will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is now threatening to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism in our country,” Kennedy stated.
Marianne Williamson, a self-help author, also vies for the Democratic candidacy. Although Biden has said he intends to run again, no official campaign has been launched. Given the support of a large portion of the Democratic establishment, he is anticipated to have an easy route to the nomination.
Kennedy, the son of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated, and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, to whom he frequently alluded throughout his protracted address on Wednesday.
Kennedy Jr. used be most recognized as an environmental attorney who focused on topics like clean water. But over the past almost two decades, he has emerged as one of the movement’s most prominent orators.
Public health professionals and members of his own family have described his efforts as misleading and dangerous.
After the pandemic and the COVID-19 vaccine were developed, his activities increased, and an AP investigation in 2021 revealed that he had ties to anti-democratic politicians and other organizations.
He has attended gatherings spreading the myth that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and with supporters of or detractors of the uprising in the United States. Senate on January 6, 2021.
A picture shared on Instagram shows Kennedy backstage at a Reawaken America event in July 2021 alongside Roger Stone, a former President Donald Trump supporter, Michael Flynn, a former national security adviser, and vaccine-skeptical businesswoman Charlene Bollinger.
All three have spread the myth that the 2020 election was rigged.