RFK Jr. teases presidential run in what could be final humiliation for family

Joe Battenfeld

By Joe Battenfeld

Published March 13, 2023

In what could be the final political humiliation for the once proud Kennedy family, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is seriously considering throwing his hat in the 2024 ring.

The anti-vaxxer and second eldest son of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, RFK Jr. was up in New Hampshire recently to lay the groundwork for his Democratic presidential campaign.

He joins author Marianne Williamson as the latest Democrat to prepare to get obliterated in the primary by Joe Biden or whoever leads the Democrats.

"I'm thinking about it, and I've passed the biggest hurdle, which is my wife has green lighted it," he said in a speech at St. Anselm College's New Hampshire Institute of Politics, where all would-be presidential candidates go to get attention.

The problem for this Kennedy is the family has been living off fumes for the last few decades. The latest generation shows that Camelot is finally over.

RKF Jr. is all but the black sheep of the Kennedys. The family has condemned him for his anti-vaccine views, even his own wife refuted his comments comparing vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany.

Kennedy suggested Anne Frank was better off than Americans forced to get vaccines to keep their jobs, a comment that his wife, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" actress Cheryl Hines, called "reprehensible."

Kennedy was banned on Instagram and shunned by mainstream media for his anti-vax position and several members of his family opposed his position that RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan should be paroled.

The only problem is for voters who hate the Kennedys, but also hate vaccine mandates, which do you choose?

In his trip to New Hampshire, Kennedy, the 69-year-old Los Angeles resident, offered up a ringing defense of the Granite State's first-in-the-nation primary, though Democrats have now placed it third on the calendar behind South Carolina and Nevada.


Kennedy signed copies of his anti-Anthony Fauci book, "The Real Anthony Fauci," and told the crowd that the COVID-19 vaccine poses a major threat to Americans.

"We know that there is some environmental exposure that is causing these (pandemics)" he said. "I suspect the vaccines are the biggest cause."Kennedy, who has been sharply critical of the pharmaceutical industry, was blackballed in the mainstream media and banned on social media for his anti-vax views, but now feels exonerated by new evidence about the effectiveness of the vaccine.

"Show me where I got it wrong," he said.

If his campaign doesn't get derailed by those comments, don't worry, chances are he'll make some kind of horrible gaffe that forces him out of the race.

Kennedy will be the latest member of the family political dynasty to get trounced at the polls. His nephew, Joe Kennedy III, couldn't even beat Ed Markey in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race.

And of course his uncle, Ted Kennedy, was beaten by Jimmy Carter in the 1980 New Hampshire primary.


Joe Battenfeld
Boston Herald/(TNS)

Joe Battenfeld is a veteran Boston Herald political columnist and multimedia reporter.

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