Robert F Kennedy Jr., speaks during a campaign event to launch his 2024 presidential bid.InternationalIndiaAfricaUS environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated on November 22, 1963, and son of the slain US Senator Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY). He has announced he will challenge current POTUS Joe Biden to become the Democratic nominee for the White House in 2024.Robert F. Kennedy Jr. officially announced his candidacy for the US presidency before a crowd of several hundred people at the Boston Park Plaza hotel in Massachusetts on April 19. “My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign and throughout my presidency will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now… to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism in our country; to commoditize our children, our purple mountain’s majesty; to poison our children and our people with chemicals and pharmaceutical drugs; to strip-mine our assets; to hollow out the middle class and keep us in a constant state of war,” he said. Announcing his 2024 bid, Kennedy vowed to do away with a “polarization in this country today that is so toxic and so dangerous at any time since the Civil War.”“During this campaign and during my administration my objective will be to make as many Americans as possible forget that they are Republicans or Democrats and remember that they are Americans,” he said at the kick-off event in Boston.The Democrat lashed out at ex-POTUS Donald Trump for enforcement of COVID-19 lockdowns at the height of the pandemic. RFK Jr. could not but weigh in on the Ukraine conflict, questioning the taxpayer costs of continuously supporting Kiev authorities. “We have money for wars and we have money to bail [out] bankers. But what happens to American people who hit hard times?” he queried. He also added that it was not in US interest to “push Russia closer to China”, and “involve us in something that could lead to a nuclear exchange.” In his speech, RFK Jr. also touched upon the environmental issues he has championed, bemoaning loss of “butterflies and songbirds,” and adding: “I think we deserve a president in this country who cares about these things and talks about these things.”Robert F. Kennedy Jr. will now be joining Marianne Williamson, author and activist, in challenging Democratic Joe Biden in the 2024 race to the Oval Office.Who is the 69-year-old activist and lawyer who is intent on following in the footsteps of other family members bearing the illustrious Kennedy name? Sputnik explores.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made headlines due to his strident opposition to vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic. RFK Jr. became an especially outspoken critic of the coronavirus jab program instituted by Joe Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump. But his anti-vaccine crusade dates back at least 15 years. In his 2021 book “The Real Anthony Fauci,” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. accused the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of assisting in “a historic coup d’etat against Western Democracy.”Kennedy Jr. doubled down on his anti-vaccine stance In a March television interview this year. Asked for his hypothetical response to Democratic voters who disagree with him on the vaccine issue, Kennedy Jr. replied “show me where I got it wrong, let’s talk about it.”AmericasRobert F. Kennedy Jr. Files Paperwork to Run For President as a Democrat5 April, 22:26 GMT