Video Anti-vaccine Robert Kennedy Jr., grandson of “JFK,” announces 2024 presidential run

Controversial Robert Kennedy Jr., the grandson of 1963 assassinated US President “JFK”, announced his candidacy for the 2024 US presidential election on Wednesday, AFP reported.

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“I am announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Inauguration,” the 60-year-old, whose chances of victory are slim, told his supporters in Boston.

Robert Kennedy Jr. is the son of former Democratic Justice Secretary and presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968, and the grandson of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, who was assassinated five years earlier.

A lawyer specializing in environmental issues, he has been known since 2005 for spreading conspiracy theories related to vaccines, particularly linking autism as one of their components.

At a rally in the state of Massachusetts – the home of the Kennedy family – Robert Kennedy Jr. promised to “remove the divisions” that plague America and finally tell “the truth to the American people.”

Kennedy used his campaign opening speech to criticize the closure of schools and businesses during the coronavirus pandemic and to insist that the government and the media are “lying to us.”

“My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign and throughout my presidency is to end the corrupt combination of government and corporate power that now threatens – now threatens – to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism. Our country; our children; to cash in; (…); chemicals. and poison our children and our people with drugs; expropriate our property; (…) and keep us in a constant state of war”.

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At the rally, many of his supporters wore anti-vaccination hats.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is one of the few candidates to officially join the Democratic Party’s camp awaiting President Joe Biden’s decision. At 80, the White House leader says he wants to run for a second term, but has yet to formalize his entry into the campaign.

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