Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has officially entered the 2024 presidential race as a Democrat.
The 69-year-old filed a statement of candidacy Wednesday with the Federal Election Commission, per the Associated Press.
RFK Jr., the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of Robert F. Kennedy, joins Joe Biden and Marianne Williamson in the Democrat primary.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr is running for president.
He will challenge Joe Biden for the Democrat nomination. pic.twitter.com/jzsqguprKG
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) April 5, 2023
#BREAKING: JFK's Nephew Running for President
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has registered a presidential campaign with the Federal Election Commission earlier today.
Filings suggest he will be challenging Biden for the Democratic nominations.… pic.twitter.com/sv5o5TaD6g
— Mario Nawfal (@MarioNawfal) April 5, 2023
BREAKING: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has announced a run for President of the United States as a Democrat. pic.twitter.com/48iyaJ5en7
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) April 5, 2023
Unsurprisingly, AP resorted to calling RFK Jr. the ‘anti-vaccine’ candidate:
Kennedy, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the son of his slain brother Robert F. Kennedy, was once a bestselling author and environmental lawyer who worked on issues such as clean water.
But more than 15 years ago, he became fixated on a belief that vaccines are not safe. He emerged as one of the leading voices in the anti-vaccine movement, and his work has been described by public health experts and even members of his own family as misleading and dangerous.
Kennedy had been long involved in the anti-vaccine movement, but the effort intensified after the COVID-19 pandemic and development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
His anti-vaccine charity, Children’s Health Defense, prospered during the pandemic, with revenues more than doubling in 2020 to $6.8 million, according to filings made with charity regulators.
Children’s Health Defense, RFK Jr.’s nonprofit group, filed a class action lawsuit against the Biden administration for social media censorship.
On Friday, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Children’s Health Defense (CHD) et al., filed a class action lawsuit against President Joe Biden and numerous other federal agents and agencies in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Monroe Division. The complaint alleges that the defendants have colluded with, encouraged and pressured social media companies to suppress speech that the government does not want the public to hear and to silence specific speakers who are critical of federal policy.
This class action, brought on behalf of all Americans who access the news from social media platforms, seeks nationwide injunctive relief on behalf of those Americans. Instead of seeking monetary damages, the claim asks the court to declare that the Defendants’ conduct violates the First Amendment and to prohibit them from engaging in any form of social media censorship in the future.
The complaint calls the government’s campaign to censor online speech one of “the gravest threats to free speech this country has ever faced.”
“Because of the historically unprecedented power wielded by a handful of behemoth social-media companies over the content of American public discourse, the federal government’s systematic campaign to induce these companies to censor speech is among the gravest threats to free speech this country has ever faced. …
Since 2020, an army of federal officers, at every level of the government—from the White House itself to the FBI, the CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the CDC, the Office of the Surgeon General, and numerous less-well-known federal entities—has been engaged in the effort to induce those companies to censor constitutionally protected speech.”