Can RFK Jr. Win the Presidency—and Take Back America?
By Kevin Barrett, for the forthcoming issue of American Free Press - full article for paid subscribers only
On April 19, 2023, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., speaking at the Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, announced his candidacy for president. Without notes or teleprompter, Kennedy delivered a soaring 100-minute peroration that reminded dazzled onlookers of the greatest speeches of his illustrious father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy Sr., and his uncle, President John F. Kennedy.
The theme of his campaign, Kennedy explained, is “Heal the Divide.” Noting the ever-worsening polarization that is tearing America apart, he said: “We are a nation divided. We are divided by race, by class, by religion, by geography, and by ideology. But we are also a nation united. We are united by our shared values, our shared history, and our shared destiny.”
So what kind of common ground is he seeking? RFK Jr. began by urging Americans to get along, even to love each other, despite their differences—and offered his own family as an example. After giving a shout-out to the few dozen family members who support him and were in attendance, he admitted that others, including his sister Kathleen (who works in the Biden Administration) do not: “I love my family very much. We have a lot of disagreements, but I love them very much. I respect their opinions, and I hope they respect mine.” He then added that most Americans have had similar experiences, alluding to the differences of opinion over politics in general and COVID issues in particular that have torn so many families apart during the past three years.
Though mainstream media reports on Kennedy’s announcement predictably led with the inaccurate “anti-vaxxer” label, and focused on his criticisms of big pharma and the $100 billion biological warfare industry, RFK Jr.’s campaign has a much broader objective: