February 26, 2024

Robert F Kennedy apologises to family after ‘JFK’ Super Bowl ad

Robert F Kennedy Jr has apologised after being criticised for a presidential campaign advert that appeared through the Super Bowl, which invoked his well-known family’s legacy.

The legal professional and Covid-19 conspiracy theorist claimed he had not been consulted on the advert, although it remained pinned to the highest of his profile on X/Twitter on Monday.

The 30-second clip that appeared on Sunday, throughout one of many largest evening’s within the US sporting calendar, appeared to intently resemble a industrial put out by his late uncle, former president John F Kennedy, throughout his personal 1960 presidential marketing campaign.

Mr Kennedy’s apology got here in response to a submit by Bobby Shriver, former mayor of Santa Monica and in addition a nephew of JFK, who known as out the presidential hopeful on his “deadly health care views”.

“My cousin’s Super Bowl ad used our uncle’s faces – and my Mother’s,” Mr Shriver wrote on X.

“She would be appalled by his deadly health care views.  Respect for science, vaccines, & health care equity were in her DNA. She strongly supported my health care work at @ONECampaign & @RED which he opposes.”

Responding to the submit, Mr Kennedy wrote: “Bobby. I’m so sorry if that advertisement caused you pain.

“The ad was created and aired by the American Values Superpac without any involvement or approvals from my campaign.

“Federal rules prohibit Superpacs from consulting with me or my staff. I send you and your family my sincerest apologies. God bless you.”

Political commentators have identified that, whereas a number of members of the Kennedy family have endorsed Joe Biden for the presidency in 2024, none have backed Mr Kennedy.

Mr Kennedy initially ran within the Democratic main in opposition to Mr Biden earlier than declaring he would run as an impartial in October 2023. He has since signalled he can be open to working as a candidate for the Libertarian Party.

He additionally claimed that the Trump marketing campaign approached him about being the previous president’s working mate for 2024, although this has being vehemently denied by the marketing campaign.

Despite solely securing poll entry in two states, Mr Kennedy has touted his sturdy polling in three-way match-ups in opposition to the 2 probably candidates within the 2024 presidential race. His marketing campaign has largely been written off by the Biden marketing campaign as unserious.

Mr Kennedy has beforehand peddled conspiracy theories about vaccines, the Covid-19 pandemic, school shootings, 9/11, and claimed he’s being censored by Big Tech and the federal authorities.