In a surprising turn of events, Jack Dorsey, the former CEO, and co-founder of Twitter, has thrown his weight behind Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in the upcoming Democratic primary. The endorsement, communicated through a series of tweets, adds an unexpected twist to the political narrative.
Dorsey posted a recent Fox News interview where Kennedy discussed a range of subjects. In the interview, Kennedy questioned the motives of the U.S. government regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine and expressed concern about the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the middle class.
Kennedy, a nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, appears to be seeking to capture the Oval Office on a platform that opposes an unhealthy alliance between big government and private corporations. This is a stance many conservatives can sympathize with.
The Fox News interview was titled, “Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. argues he can beat Trump and DeSantis in 2024.” Dorsey not only shared the video but added the comment, “He can and will.” When asked if this statement was an endorsement or simply a prediction, Dorsey confirmed it was “Both.”
Reacting to a comment suggesting that the Democratic National Committee would not allow Kennedy to secure the party’s nomination, Dorsey responded, “Even more reason.” He also defended Kennedy against criticisms of his speaking style.
Under Dorsey’s tenure, Twitter developed a reputation for stifling free speech, with conservatives often finding themselves on the receiving end. This was notably highlighted in the “Twitter Files,” which showed that the social media giant had worked with government agencies to restrict posts that contradicted official narratives on topics like COVID-19 vaccines and election results.
Just last week, Dorsey called for federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to be broken apart, suggesting his views might be evolving towards a more balanced perspective.
Dorsey stepped down as Twitter’s CEO in November 2021, and this endorsement marks his latest engagement with the political landscape. Currently, Fox News reports that Kennedy has the support of 20 percent of Democratic primary voters.
This endorsement may well signal an interesting twist in the run-up to the 2024 election. Regardless of political leanings, conservatives and moderates alike should take note. The ability for divergent views to coexist and be expressed freely is a key tenet of our democracy. Perhaps, just perhaps, Dorsey’s endorsement of Kennedy signifies a shift towards greater acceptance of this core principle.