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RFK Jr. Hurdles Criticism From Democrats Amid Remarks On Covid

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy Jr. defended his comments where he touted a false Covid-19 conspiracy theory while testifying at a House subcommittee on Thursday.

The Story: Kennedy testified at the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on alleged government “weaponization” after being called by Chairman Jim Jordan.

  • Kennedy was recorded last week citing a false conspiracy theory that COVID-19 was “targeted to” certain ethnicities while Chinese people and Jews of European descent were not sick with the virus.
  • Thursday saw the 69-year-old deny he is racist or anti-semitic, even denying the comments altogether.
  • “I’m subjected to this new form of censorship, which is called targeted propaganda, Kennedy said.
  • “There is an argument that it is ethnically targeted,” specifically against Caucasian and Black people, Kennedy can be heard saying in the video.

Going deeper: Democrats argued Thursday that Republicans used Kennedy to prop up conspiracy theories and misinformation.

  • “They intentionally chose to elevate this rhetoric to give these harmful, dangerous views a platform in the halls of the United States Congress,” U.S. Virgin Islands Del. Stacey Plaskett (D) said.
  • “It’s a free country. You absolutely have a right to say what you believe,” she added. “But you don’t have the right to a platform, public or private.”
  • Meanwhile, Kennedy claimed that other Democrats were seeking to silence him based on his views.
  • “This itself is evidence of the problem that this hearing was convened to address. This is an attempt to censor a censorship hearing,” he said.

Why it matters: Kennedy is currently running a long-shot campaign to defeat President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination.

  • A new report shows Kennedy polling at just 9 percent among Democrats in New Hampshire while Biden is over 75 percent.
  • Kennedy’s recent remarks regarding Covid-19 and race are unlikely to sway what small support he has.
Stephen Anderson
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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