At a low profile event in New Hampshire, Robert Kennedy, Jr. announced his interest in running for U.S. president.
The well-known nephew of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy, capped off a speech he gave on Friday at St. Anselm’s College with the announcement.
During a visit to St. Anselm College Friday, environmental activist and vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. told a capacity crowd that he’s considering a presidential run.
“I’m thinking about it, and I’ve passed the biggest hurdle, which is my wife has green lighted it,” Kennedy told the small crowd that came to hear him talk at the Goffstown college’s New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Like most members of the Kennedy dynasty, RFK Jr. is a registered Democrat. But he has also been denounced by members of his famous political family for his anti-vaccine views.
Kennedy, who is the founder of the Children’s Health Defense, has been especially criticized by COVID vaccine advocates for spreading what they have called “disinformation” about the dangers of the experimental injection. Social media platforms such as Instagram banned him for speaking against the vaccine.
He has been an odd bed fellow in the world of high profile national politics. Trump picked the pro-gun control Democrat to chair his presidential commission on vaccine safety and integrity.
The last Kennedy to run for president was RFK Jr.’s uncle Ted Kennedy. He competed for the Democratic nomination in 1980 against then President Jimmy Carter. Ted Kennedy eulogized RFK Jr.’s father Robert Kennedy after he was assassinated.
Prior to Ted Kennedy’s run, the senior Robert F. Kennedy was the last Kennedy to run for President. He was challenging incumbent Democratic United States President Lyndon B. Johnson.
His campaign for the presidency came to a tragic end on June 6, 1968, when he was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, after winning the state’s primary.
RFK Jr. was only 9 years old when his father was killed. He is now 69.
As a Democrat, he remains critical of current President Joe Biden.