In a fascinating turn of events, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., son of President Joe Biden’s biggest political hero, has officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for President. The nephew of President John F. Kennedy and second oldest son of former Attorney General Robert Kennedy launched his campaign in Boston with a focus on ending “the corrupt merger of state and corporate power.”
RFK Jr., a 69-year-old environmental attorney known for taking on the pharmaceutical industry and expressing concerns about vaccine safety, has also criticized pandemic lockdowns. While crediting former President Donald Trump for initially opposing lockdowns, he argues that Trump ultimately caved to bureaucratic pressure.
In a 2021 interview, Kennedy emphasized that the government’s actions during the pandemic violated Americans’ Bill of Rights protections. He expressed concern over the rise of censorship, suppression of religious freedoms, violation of property rights, and the implementation of a surveillance state. In response to his candidacy announcement, he tweeted his commitment to protecting Americans’ rights and the Constitution.
Interestingly, RFK Jr. is not the first Kennedy to challenge an incumbent Democratic president. In 1968, RFK Sr. announced his candidacy against then-President Lyndon Johnson, who later withdrew from the race. In 1980, Sen. Ted Kennedy tried to replace then-President Jimmy Carter as the Democratic nominee but was unsuccessful. In both cases, the incumbent presidents were deeply unpopular, much like Biden is today.
It’s worth noting the irony of RFK Jr.’s challenge to Biden, who has long admired the Kennedy family. Biden has a bust of RFK in the Oval Office and has called him “the one true hero of my life.” In 2016, he received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award from Ethel Kennedy, calling it “the single greatest honor of my life.”
Early polling shows that RFK Jr. has 14 percent support among Democrats compared to Biden’s 67 percent, with 13 percent undecided. However, a Monmouth University poll found that 44 percent of Democrats prefer that Biden not run for a second term. This leaves plenty of room for Kennedy to grow his support base and potentially unseat the incumbent president. The son of Biden’s biggest political hero could very well bring an end to his political career, championing freedom and the Constitution in the process.