When Biden’s campaign team was gearing up for another go at a presidential election, they certainly didn’t expect one thing: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. or RFK Jr.
The Liberal That Democrats Can’t Stand
The nephew of the timelessly beloved JFK entered the Democratic primary back in April, and the White House machine, indeed the entire Democratic establishment, has been on a mission to disavow and discredit him ever since.
They’ve resorted to tactics usually reserved for Republican contenders including the tried-and-true name calling and cancelling strategies.
Names like, of course, “anti-vaxxer,” “COVID denier,” and everyone’s favorite, “conspiracy theorist.”
Kennedy was booted off Instagram over “misinformation” claims about COVID which, shockingly, have turned out to be true. However, the mainstream media would never fathom addressing or correcting their errors.
All this despite Kennedy being a liberal in the truest sense of the word. But as is becoming more and more apparent, the word liberal is no longer synonymous with the Democratic party.
Everything but Vaccines
In an interview with Tucker Carlson earlier last week on Twitter, one which Carlson proudly states is the only one in the past fifteen years that “doesn’t mention vaccines,” Biden’s sturdiest challenger answered questions about everything other than the thing he is notorious for.
In the intro Carlson teases, “if you’re interested in why we have found ourselves at war with Russia or who killed his uncle, President Kennedy, and why, it’s worth watching.”
For anyone interested in something other than what the elite Democratic establishment has spewed for the past 15 years or so, Kennedy offers a breath of fresh air.
Of course he offers views that disgust very conservative circles, such as his stance on abortion, although that has been a source of confusion in the past weeks. Even so, RFK, Jr. appeals to voters across the board, Democrats and Republicans alike, each for different reasons.
Like his father and uncle, he is that unusual candidate who crosses the divide, and while not everyone agrees with all of his positions, he champions enough of the causes that matter to people to secure votes beyond his party lines.
Democrats Deny Security?
For the Democrat machine, such a man is a threat, not to the people, but to them. Which is likely why they denied personal security protection for RFK.
In the first moments of his interview with Carlson, RFK speculates:
“I think the DNC is playing hardball. Let’s say this. I think the least malevolent interpretation that you can put on it is that they know that I’m going to have to have some kind of security service and that typically would cost me … you know, to do real security service, between 100 and 200 dollars a month. It’s very expensive because I’m traveling every day. I think they probably feel like they can bleed me white by, ya know, making sure that I’m not spending that on advertising or organization. That I have to raise a lot of money for my own protection.”
Rules of Engagement
According to the Secret Service website, under 18 United States Code § 3056, a candidate is automatically entitled to secret service protection 120 days out from a general presidential election.
However, a president also has discretion to offer protection to any candidate meeting certain criteria. These include 15% of polling results for a specific period of time and even this can be overridden by the chief officer if deemed necessary.
Kennedy applied for protection from the Biden administration due to the variety of death threats he receives and understandably, his family history. His team laid out a very detailed rationale to warrant such protection.
His request was denied.
Kennedy was quick to note that secret service agents themselves couldn’t have been more helpful and gracious, notably pointing a finger directly at the Biden administration and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alexander Mayorkas.
The Left Defends the Decision
CNN Politics was quick to defend Mayorkas’s decision.
“We’re too far out from the election,” and Kennedy “just doesn’t meet the criteria,” said Jonathan Wackrow, a CNN law enforcement analyst and former Secret Service agent. “He’s not a major presidential candidate. You can make as many requests as you want; unless you meet that criteria that have been set forth, it’s just not warranted.”
Only Barack Obama was the recipient of such accommodations as early in a campaign as Kennedy is seeking due to the fact that he was a “who faced unique threats as a Black man with a realistic chance to become president.”
There it is. Democrats favorite set of criteria: race.
Never mind, two of Kennedy’s kin have been murdered due to their political participation, no matter who you believe was behind it.
Forget the fact that, as Kennedy states, one of every thirty or forty responses on his Twitter profile advises him in some way or another to “watch his back.”
And clearly, when everything he says counters the Washington establishment and media narrative, Kennedy doesn’t have a “realistic chance” of becoming president.
This is truly sad.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
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