(DCWatchdog.com) – Anti-vaccine activist and environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will challenge President Joe Biden for the 2024 presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, Kennedy’s campaign has announced.
Kennedy will make his 2024 White House candidacy official on April 19 at an event in Boston, Massachusetts, Fox News reports.
The conservative news channel comments that he “will join” spiritual author and leftist activist Marianna Williamson, the only official Democrat presidential candidate so far, “in launching longshot Democratic primary challenges against President Biden.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is the well-known son of former US Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of US President John Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated in the 1960s.
Kennedy’s campaign announced his upcoming candidacy on Thursday after, on Wednesday, its representatives filed the necessary papers with the Federal Elections Commission.
Speculations that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. might be mulling a presidential run came up last month when he visited New Hampshire, traditionally the first state to hold primaries in the nomination battle.
“I’m thinking about it, and I’ve passed the biggest hurdle, which is my wife has green lighted it,” Kennedy said at an event at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
The report points out that he has been criticized by “fellow Democrats for his activism against the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Earlier this year, Kennedy attacked Joe Biden and Democratic National Committee for deciding to make South Carolina the first state to vote in the 2024 Democrat primaries, allegedly to give the incumbent president an edge.
New Hampshire will now vote second, three days after South Carolina, which in 2020 helped Biden stay in the nomination race.
Before the DNC approved the primary schedule in February, Robert Kennedy sent it an open letter, insisting that New Hampshire should retain the first spot due to its long tradition of advocacy in favor of voting transparency and civil rights.
While the Democratic National Committee argued that its change reflected the greater diversity in the party, Kennedy argued New Hampshire was already representative enough of America’s diversity.
Moreover, the four electoral votes it holds as a swing state “could decide the 2024 election,” he argued.
The report points out that the other “nationally known Democrat” with a “longshot primary challenge against” Biden, Marianne Williamson, has already been campaigning in South Carolina, New Hampshire, and other primary states.
Williamson was also a presidential candidate in 2020 when she dropped out early in the race and endorsed Vermont Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
President Joe Biden is expected to announce a reelection bid soon.
He hinted at a new White House campaign in February during a speech in Philadelphia at the DNC winter meeting.
“We’re just getting started… I intend to get… more done,” Biden said back then.
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