The Democratic candidate for the 2024 US presidential election, and nephew of the former president, has declared that Covid-19 is “an ethnically targeted virus”.
A scandal within the American Democratic Party after the conspiratorial and racist remarks of Robert Kennedy Jr. The Democratic candidate for the next presidential primary against Joe Biden, indeed advanced, during a dinner in New York, on Saturday 15 July, that the coronavirus was “an ethnically targeted virus”.
The nephew of the former president of the United States, assumed antivax, added that it had been “designed to attack Caucasians and blacks” while “the most immune people are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese”.
Even if he defends himself on Twitter from any anti-Semitic remarks and speaks of a “disgusting fabrication” on the part of the journalist from New York Postthis does not pass for the Democrats of the House of Representatives.
“These comments are deeply disturbing and I want to make it clear that they do not represent the views of the Democratic Party,” said Jaime Harrison, chair of the Democratic National Committee, on his Twitter account.
“Unworthy of the highest office in the country”
“Anyone who indulges in anti-Asian, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, as RFK Jr. did, is unworthy of the highest office in the land,” Congressman Ritchie Torres told reporters. The Hill.
Some politicians have called for his disqualification from the presidential race.
Same reaction from the side of the White House: the press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, notified that the assertions of Robert Kennedy Jr. were “false” and “despicable” and that they “put fellow Americans in danger”.
The candidate, who borrows from the Republican rival Donald Trump the conspiratorial strategy and the attack on the “media mainstream“, was also disavowed by members of his family.
Comments criticized by his sister and nephew
“I strongly condemn my brother’s deplorable and misleading comments last week that Covid was designed for ethnic targeting,” wrote his sister Kerry Kennedy, president of human rights group Robert F. Kennedy, named after their father.
“His statements do not represent what I believe or what Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights stands for, with our more than 50 years of experience protecting rights and fighting racism and all forms of discrimination.”
His nephew, Joe Kennedy III, a former Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts, also condemned the words of the politician“My uncle’s comments are hurtful and wrong. I unequivocally condemn what he said.”
Robert Kennedy Jr., supported by 14.6% of Democratic voters according to an average of the polls carried out by the specialized site Real Clear Politics, affirms that he “never suggested that the Covid-19 virus was intended to spare the Jews” , but that “the United States and other governments are developing ethnically targeted biological weapons”.
Source: BFM TV