In theory, conspirator Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is both a presidential candidate and pretends to be outraged when someone suggests he’s allied with the Nazis. In practice, Kennedy’s presidential run is a publicity stunt at best—and damn Do white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other anti-semitic groups like this guy. And why wouldn’t they, as he continues to back up their favorite conspiracy claims?
You may, sadly, remember Kennedy’s recent boozy press dinner in New York which, as the tabloid Page Six put it, “went down in a dirty fight of argumentative screams and farts“, which sounds more like a Steve Bannon thing, but what do we know. This is where Kennedy put forth the theory that COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted”.
“COVID 19. There’s an argument that it’s ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately,” Kennedy said. “COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and Blacks. The most immune people are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.
“We don’t know if he was deliberately targeted or not, but there are articles that show racial or ethnic differences and impact,” Kennedy said.
It was another iteration of Kennedy’s claims that China and the United States had both “developed ethnic bioweapons” and that “they were collecting Russian DNA, they were collecting Chinese DNA” in that goal, and as you can imagine the hitherto straight anti-Semitism is absolutely sky-high with Kennedy’s latest burps. Neo-Nazis, Holocaust Deniers and Other Anti-Semites hailed it as “100% correct” and “perhaps the greatest thing he’s ever said”.
This isn’t really surprising since Kennedy is repeating a neo-Nazi claim to begin with. From the start of the pandemic, the same violent anti-Semitic nutcases who believe that “the Jews” are behind all world events have been eager to find reasons why “the Jews” were behind the emergence of a deadly new pandemic disease or the new vaccine helping to protect the world from it. It is because they are dirty.
But Kennedy has based his entire recent career on eavesdropping and calling dirty bags, so there really was no plausible chance he wasn’t clinging to the same theories.
For the record, Kennedy is stupid. In general, of course, but specifically about this. On the contrary, studies suggest Jews have been disproportionately hurt by COVID. Kennedy’s assertion that people of Chinese descent were similarly spared appears to stem from Kennedy’s willingness to believe that the Chinese government ridiculous underestimates of pandemic deaths, which would mean Kennedy is actually more willing here to believe even Chinese government claims than real scientists. If that doesn’t sum up the anti-vaccine conspirator’s entire career, I don’t know what would.
Kennedy’s claims here, however, don’t just resonate with neo-Nazi groups whose views he repeats. For years, Kennedy clung to the far right as a major base of support, and Republican donors flooded him with money so he could continue to do so.
Judd Legum has a new fundraising report and notes that “The lion’s share of Kennedy’s biggest donors have previously donated only to Republicans.”
Through June 30, Kennedy’s campaign raised the maximum, $6,600, from 96 people. Of this group, 37 people have previously donated only to Republican candidates in federal elections. Only 19 have a track record of consistent support for Democratic candidates. The rest have no donation history (30), have donated to members of both parties (8) or have supported libertarian or alternative candidates (2).
Not too surprising given Kennedy’s eagerness to promote his ever-evolving plot scheme on anti-Semitic and white supremacist places like Gabor with the promoter of fascism Michael Flynn and his “ReAwaken America” tour.
He is also favored by pardoned felon Steve Bannon and seditionist Donald Trump himself. He’s going to spit his pandemic conspiracy theories directly at the House Republican committee on the “militarization” of government by non-Republicans, thanks to the invitation of sexual assault facilitator Jim Jordan.
Kennedy’s voting base could consist of neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and anti-vaccine QAnon whackadoosbut his powerthe base appears to come mostly from the Republicans best known for committing crimes. Kennedy himself immersed himself in the ‘Republicans Doing Crime’ genre, with his anti-vaccine group ‘Children’s Health Defense’ illegally give $50,000 far right Republican Attorneys General Association.
It would be fascinating to find out how Kennedy just repeated one of the most ridiculous anti-Semitic conspiracy theories peddled by neo-Nazi groups, but the answer is probably simple. He hangs out in all the places where anti-Semites congregate; he was probably told this one backstage before or after one of his many promotional appearances with far-right groups that trade such claims, and his brains, already marinated in all the other conspiracy theories that the world proposes, thought it sounded good enough to repeat.
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