I thought it was going to be a boring morning but I can thank Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for making that not the case.
The longshot Democratic presidential candidate suggested earlier in the week that SARS-CoV-2 could have been genetically engineered to reduce risks to Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people.
Kennedy – a longtime vaccine skeptic – said during a Tuesday night press event that Covid-19 was “targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people.” He went on to say that “the people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
After what one can only consider a broad backlash after the New York Post reported the comments, Kennedy attempted to walk them back.
“I have never, ever suggested that the Covid-19 virus was targeted to spare Jews,” Kennedy wrote.
Rather, the nephew of the slain president John F. Kennedy claimed that what he had meant to say was an express ion of his belief that the United States and other governments were developing “ethnically targeted bioweapons.” He cited a 2021 study on genetic susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 – which had nothing to do with bioweapons of any kind – as a “proof of concept” that such bioweapons could be created.
Kennedy, who is the son of the slain New York senator Robert F. Kennedy, has been broadly criticized by almost every member of his own family and many Democrats as well.
One congressman, Representative Ritchie Torres of New York, called him “a complete crackpot who has no business being anywhere near the presidency.”
“Hard to imagine a son who has done more to dishonor his father’s name than RFK Jr,” Torres wrote on Twitter for the few people left there to read it.