In his long shot bid for the White House in 2024, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. seems to be digging himself deeper into a hole.
While acknowledging that Kennedy has done some very important environmental work over the years, he was recently recorded saying, “There is an argument that (Covid-19) is ethnically targeted. Covid-19 attacks certain races disproportionately. (It) is targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
The blowback by Jewish and Asian leaders from Kennedy’s ludicrous and unsupported claims was immediate and fierce. These communities have been discriminated against for centuries and they were not happy for being singled out yet again. Scores of Asians were assaulted during the pandemic because of Donald Trump's vilification of the Chinese.
This wasn’t the first time Kennedy has spoken about ethnicity and Covid. Last year at an anti-vax rally he said, “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did.”
He was suggesting that Covid restrictions were worse.
Kennedy’s own wife condemned the comment, calling it “reprehensible and insensitive.”
This man has the freedom to say whatever he wants regardless of its veracity, but the worst part of his dead end candidacy is that he may erode just enough confidence in Joe Biden that Donald Trump sneaks back into the White House.
Supporting Kennedy is playing with fire in more ways than one.