Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democrat who recently announced his candidacy for president, is now arguing that his party has lost its will and capacity to fix the problems in the United States.
Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and the son of former U.S. attorney general and assassinated 1968 Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, formally announced his decision to challenge Biden in the Democratic primary on April 19 in Boston, Massachusetts.
During a Tuesday appearance on Newsmax’s “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” Kennedy Jr. cited his family’s contributions to the Democrat Party for over 100 years — and his personal connection to President Joe Biden — while pointing out that the direction the party is going in is dangerous.
“Listen, I have known President Biden for 40 years. I’ve had a close personal relationship with him. My whole family has,” he acknowledged.
Kennedy Jr. went on to note that he has some serious “political differences” with Biden and the rest of the Democrats — including that he does “not believe in censorship,” which is something that has become increasingly popular among the left.
He also pointed out that the Democrats appear to be ignoring the plight of average Americans, and that the Biden administration appears to be actively pushing for foreign wars.
“I think we’re ignoring what’s happening to the middle class,” Kennedy Jr. insisted, while also condemning the Biden administration’s focus on pushing the wars in Ukraine, Yemen, and Syria.
He then continued to blast the Democrats for their role in facilitating the destruction of the middle class and ignoring the country’s heartland — including the recent controversy over the Biden administration’s failures to properly respond to the toxic chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio.
“The Democratic Party seems to have lost its bearings and, you know, lost its will or even the capacity to think about changing the system,” Kennedy Jr. asserted.
He cited a specific example, the Democrat Party’s concerning decision to not host any presidential primary debates — likely to protect Biden. This decision was also condemned in a tweet from another Democrat challenger for president, Marianne Williamson.
The DNC “plans no primary debates.”
As though there simply ARE no other candidates … no other ideas we should discuss about ways to win in 2024, or other ideas we should discuss about ways to repair the country.
Too many people are too smart to accept this.
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) April 24, 2023
This decision comes despite a recent poll that showed Kennedy Jr. receiving 14% of the vote, which is well above past thresholds for challengers.
“I think that’s a bad thing for democracy,” Kennedy Jr. said. “I think… right now, there’s so many people who think that the system is rigged against them — the economic system and the political system. And they’ve lost faith in American democracy.”
“They need to debate in front of the people. They need to do town halls and listen to what people are saying to them,” he added.