Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and potential presidential candidate in 2024, addressed a crowd of approximately 200 people in Jackson, Mississippi on Monday. Kennedy, who announced his intention to challenge President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, indicated that he may instead run as an independent candidate.
In his speech, Kennedy criticized the current Democratic Party leadership, alleging that it has become influenced by corporate interests, Wall Street, and is stifling freedom of speech. The event, co-sponsored by the National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference and Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, attracted supporters who value what they perceive as parental rights.
While Kennedy has faced criticism for promoting anti-vaccine misinformation and discredited claims linking vaccines to autism, his stance resonates with many attendees who appreciate his opposition to government mandates. He argued that arbitrary orders during the Covid-19 pandemic led to the closure of local businesses, disproportionately affecting Black-owned establishments.
Kennedy also discussed his father’s presidential campaign in 1968, underscoring his commitment to unity and truth-telling. He highlighted his father’s efforts to bridge the rural-urban divide by winning nominations in both California and South Dakota. The speaker additionally expressed his opposition to U.S. involvement in the Ukraine war, drawing parallels to the misinformation surrounding the Vietnam War.
Reverend David Tipton of the United Pentecostal Church introduced Kennedy, emphasizing the importance of faith-based voices in government. Mary Jo Perry, president of Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights, stressed the need for “medical self-determination” and shared how her organization successfully campaigned for a religious exemption for vaccines in Mississippi.
Prior to the event, Kennedy made a stop at a local eatery, engaging with residents and discussing his presidential campaign.
– Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: A well-known environmental lawyer, opponent of government-mandated vaccines, and potential candidate for U.S. President in 2024.
– Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Museum of Mississippi History: Museums in Jackson, Mississippi that focus on the civil rights movement and the state’s history.
– National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference (NACLC): An organization that co-sponsored the event with Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights (MPVR).
– Mississippi Parents for Vaccine Rights (MPVR): An organization that advocates for parental rights regarding vaccines.
– Mediaite: political news website founded by Dan Abrams