Following Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s claim that COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted” to spare Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese, two Jewish Democrats teamed up with a Chinese American congresswoman to urge Republicans to forbid him from testifying before Congress about censorship.
“Mr. Kennedy’s appearance before the U.S. should not be seen as a way to legitimize the disgusting and deadly antisemitic and anti-Asian conspiracy theories that he has recently and frequently disseminated.
These theories damage his credibility as a witness. The letter was sent on Tuesday to Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, who is the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
McCarthy is a vocal opponent of immigration reform. Jim Jordan is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a member of the House of Representatives.
Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, Dan Goldman of New York, and Judy Chu of California—all Jews—were the authors of the letter, which 102 Democrats signed. Chu is a Chinese American.
Kennedy was invited to speak before the subcommittee Jordan established to look into the alleged “weaponization” of government, but McCarthy and Jordan declined to turn him down.
Leading anti-vaccine activist Kennedy came under criticism last week after claiming that COVID-19 was “targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people.” Jews of Ashkenazi descent and Chinese people exhibit the greatest immunity, he claimed.
“There are papers out there that show the racial and ethnic differential of impact, but we don’t know if it was intentionally targeted or not.”
The assertion is absurd, and scientists have mocked it.
Kennedy has since defended his statements, pointing out that he did not know whether the “targeting” was intentional, which he thinks disproves the assertions of his detractors that he was indulging in antisemitic and anti-Asian stereotypes.
President Joe Biden is facing a longshot primary challenge from John Kennedy. McCarthy stated that while he did not agree with Kennedy’s comments, it was improper to censor a witness who was testifying before the weaponization panel to address claims that the government had restricted his opinions.
McCarthy responded, “Your initial action to censor him probably feeds into some of the difficulties we have if you’re going to look at censorship in America.
McCarthy urged Democrats to rein in progressives, whom he claimed were antisemitic, in the same remarks to reporters.
He made specific mention of Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who over the weekend stated Israel was a “racist state” before later retracting her remark. In reference to the Democratic Party, McCarthy said, “They should act against their own.
On Tuesday, a resolution declaring Israel to be non-racial and denouncing antisemitism was carried by a large margin in the House.