After making odd conspiracy claims that COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted” to spare Ashkenazi Jews, Democratic presidential candidate RFK Jr. has faced harsh criticism.
Although some Jews have defended him, many have denounced Kennedy’s bizarre ideas, especially given the fact that, as Kennedy himself has acknowledged, they are at odds with reality. The columnist for the Daily News, Ken Frydman, wrote:
I contracted the coronavirus, in contrast to Bobby’s illogical theory. COVID was also given to my son, brother, sister-in-law, aunt, uncle, nephews, nieces, cousins, and acquaintances.
My neurologist’s medical colleague died after contracting COVID. all Ashkenazi Jews. “Bobby knows who I am,” he added. My wife, Liz, and I witnessed him fly falcons at the then-Gov.’s Hudson River estate while making a donation to his Riverkeeper charitable organization. Paul Pataki. Bobby ought to be aware that Frydman is a Jewish name with European origins. Not being Sephardic, I
I have fair hair and light skin. I am therefore Ashkenazi.
Yossi Gestetner, a commentator, wrote on Twitter: “The statement by @RobertKennedyJr is striking because A) Jews are often described as being oppressed by white people, yet RFKJ claims they are not white people. B) Ashkenazi (white) Jews were maligned in 20 for having more C19 suicide fatalities than the general population.
“We attended many outdoor funerals in the Ashkenazi Jewish world due to COVID,” former councilman David Greenfield tweeted. Please refrain from using antisemitic conspiracy theories to erase history. RFK Jr. himself made an effort to characterize the criticism and backlash as a smear operation. But he is a man of many contradictions.
RFK has not expressed regret for his remarks. Even if he himself is not antisemitic, his 100% inaccurate assertion that the viral design spares Jews is a very dangerous and dishonorable allegation.
Many Jews should find it very unsettling that he has not only not recanted but has actually increased his stance.