Because the party that holds the White House rarely, if ever, schedules primary debates against the incumbent, Kennedy said he would have to change his approach if he wanted to reach voters.
“So how can we win against established Washington interests?” Kennedy said in a video teased the rally in Philadelphia where he officially made the switch. “It’s not about playing the game by the corrupt rules that the corrupt powers and self-interests have manipulated to keep us all in their thrall.”
You can watch a video of the announcement below.
About 30 minutes after Kennedy posted his announcement on social media, his sister Kerry Kennedy rebuked his decision on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“Bobby may have the same name as our father, but he does not share the same values, vision or judgments,” the attorney wrote in a statement co-signed by siblings Rory Kennedy, Joseph Kennedy II and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Today’s announcement makes us deeply saddened. We condemn his candidacy and consider it dangerous for our country.”
Other users on X reacted to Kerry Kennedy and her siblings’ statement against their brother.
Kerry Kennedy also condemned her brother in July after he made baseless claims that the “genetic structure” of the COVID-19 virus had been used “to attack Caucasians and Black people.”