Robert Kennedy Announces Presidential Candidacy as an Independent, Igniting Democratic Controversy


On Monday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made a significant announcement at the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. He declared his decision to forego the Democratic Party primaries and instead run as an independent candidate in the upcoming 2024 presidential elections. Kennedy's entry into the race could potentially disrupt the closely contested 2024 elections between President Biden and former President Trump, the primary Republican candidate.

A recent poll conducted by Ipsos and Reuters this month revealed that in a three-way competition for 2024, 33% of participants supported Trump, 31% backed Biden, and 14% supported Kennedy.

Kennedy stated on Monday that he is "declaring independence" from the "tyranny of corruption that deprives us of affordable living, our belief in the future, and our respect for each other."

He added, "People suspect that the divisions are deliberately orchestrated; they are tired of deception and are ready to reclaim power."

On the other hand, some of Kennedy's siblings described this announcement as "extremely saddening."

In a joint statement released by the youngest sister, Kerry Kennedy, it was expressed, "While Bobby shares our father's name, he does not share the same values, vision, or governance. We condemn his candidacy and believe it poses a threat to our country."

Kennedy has garnered support from some conservatives and has not hidden his disagreements with the Democratic Party. He has previously accused the Democratic National Committee of "rigging" the primary elections.

On Monday, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, stated that despite Kennedy's announcement as an independent, he remains a "Democrat in independent clothing."

The presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy Jr., the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, was launched in April. He is a prominent critic of vaccines and has been banned from using many social media platforms during the pandemic for spreading misleading information about vaccines.

Additionally, Kennedy criticized the United States' involvement in supporting Ukraine.

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