Kennedy Family Denounces RFK Jr.’s Bigotry: Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Sparks Outrage

Kennedy Family Condemns Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s Bigoted Conspiracy Theory

The Kennedy family members are speaking out against Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for promoting a bigoted conspiracy theory suggesting that the coronavirus was purposely “ethnically targeted” to spare Jews and Chinese people. In his remarks at an event in New York City, Kennedy claimed that Caucasians and Black people are the main targets of Covid-19, while Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people are immune. He later added that it was unclear whether the virus was intentionally targeted or not.

Kerry Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s sister and the leader of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, called his comments “deplorable and untruthful.” She emphasized that his remarks do not align with the principles espoused by their father, Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general and presidential candidate. Joseph Kennedy II, another brother of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., also condemned the comments, stating that they were morally and factually wrong, and played on antisemitic myths and stoked mistrust of the Chinese.

Former Representative Joseph Kennedy III took to Twitter to express his disapproval, describing his uncle’s comments as hurtful and wrong. He unequivocally condemned what was said. In response to the criticism, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. defended himself on Twitter, stating that the insinuation of antisemitism was a “disgusting fabrication” and that he was merely quoting a peer-reviewed paper on bio-weapons. However, the paper he referred to did not support the claims he made.

This is not the first time that Kennedy’s relatives have felt compelled to distance themselves from his words and actions. Once known as an environmental lawyer, Kennedy has now become a leading spreader of anti-vaccine misinformation. He has long promoted false claims linking childhood vaccines to autism. Since the availability of Covid vaccines, he has consistently cast doubt on their safety. Last year, Kennedy received criticism for suggesting that unvaccinated Americans would face greater persecution than Anne Frank, which his siblings and his wife, actress Cheryl Hines, condemned as reprehensible and insensitive.

Kennedy has also advanced numerous other conspiracy theories, including linking antidepressants to mass shootings and alleging that Republicans stole the 2004 presidential election. Despite his promotion of misinformation and some policy views more aligned with the Republican base, Kennedy is polling relatively strongly in the Democratic nomination race, although he still lags far behind President Biden.

While Kennedy’s conspiracy theories and misinformation have gained attention, it is crucial to scrutinize and challenge these claims. The spread of such falsehoods can have dangerous consequences, threatening public health and sowing discord in society. The condemnation from the Kennedy family reflects the importance of responsible leadership and accurate information in times of crisis. In the face of a pandemic that has already claimed millions of lives worldwide, promoting baseless theories only adds to the challenges faced by scientists, healthcare workers, and governments in controlling the virus and protecting public health.