President Joe Biden now has a second Democratic primary opponent for his presumed bid for reelection in 2024. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. threw his hat in the ring this week against the incumbent president, joining fringe candidate Marianne Williamson as a primary challenger.
According to new filings with the Federal Election Commission, RFK Jr. will officially launch his longshot bid against Biden later this month.
Kennedy is the son of the late senator who was infamously assassinated in 1968 in California as he appeared to be marching towards the Democratic nomination for president. The senator and attorney general would have faced Richard Nixon in the general election that fall.
RFK Jr. is also the nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy.
Fellow Democrats harshly criticized the legacy candidate for his very public activism against the COVID-19 vaccine. However, he signaled his intentions early in March when he visited New Hampshire, the traditional kickoff state for presidential primaries.
Join Bobby Kennedy. Here is the RFK Jr. Campaign site. Please retweet. Seems hard to find in Google for some odd reason. Hmmmm. https://t.co/7LTczN57oU
— Steve Kirsch (@stkirsch) April 6, 2023
Speaking at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics, Kennedy told the audience that he’d already passed his biggest hurdle for his political campaign. That, he asserted, was when his wife gave him the go ahead.
RFK Jr. took Biden and fellow Democrats to task earlier this year when they unilaterally decided to bump New Hampshire out of its traditional leadoff position in the nation’s primaries.
The DNC, for clearly stated “equity” purposes, relegated the state to second in the nation behind South Carolina. It’s turn will come three days later.
Kennedy addressed an open letter to the party criticizing the move. He said that New Hampshire has a long track record advocating for civil rights and election transparency. It is also, as he noted, a swing state whose four electoral votes could decide the 2024 election.
Biden has yet to officially enter the race, but he has repeatedly said he intends to run, and recent indications back up that assertion. This despite low approval ratings across the board among most every category of American voter.
RFK Jr. is a former environmental lawyer who has long been active in the anti-vaccine movement. Opponents accuse him of endorsing “conspiracy theories” about everything from autism to COVID-19.
He was at the forefront of criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci during the height of the pandemic, accusing the former White House medical advisor of “fascism.”