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RFK Jr’s descent into conspiracy theories causing anguish for family and friends

RFK Jr’s descent into conspiracy theories causing anguish for family and friends
‘He’s a beautiful person in a million different ways. And then he has this’

Friends and family of Robert F Kennedy Jr say they are dismayed at his descent into “fear-mongering” through the spread of anti-vaccine conspiracies.

In interviews with the the New York Times, two of his surviving siblings said Mr Kennedy’s emergence as one of the most prominent anti-vax activists in the United States was causing anguish among the family.

Mr Kennedy, who public health officials describe as a longtime spreader of vaccine misinformation, triggered fresh outrage last month when he suggested attempts to impose vaccine mandates in the US were worse than what happened in Nazi Germany.

“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” he said at a rally in Washington DC.

He later apologised, after being publicly criticised by his wife Cheryl Hines.

His sister Kerry Kennedy tweeted at the time: “Bobby’s lies and fear-mongering yesterday were both sickening and repulsive.”

Ms Kennedy told the Times he had been an “extraordinary older brother”, describing him as well-read, charismatic and possessing a “childlike buoyancy and lightness”.

“He’s a beautiful person in a million different ways. And then he has this,” she said.

Another brother, Christopher G Kennedy, told the Times he had been stunned by the Nazi comparison.

“I love my brother but could not disagree with him more.”

In recent years five of his eight surviving siblings have publicly criticised Mr Kennedy for his anti-vaccine views.

Longtime friend Blake Fleetwood toldthe Times he was perplexed at why Mr Kennedy “was blowing his whole life’s work” by taking on the anti-vaccine crusade.

<p>Cheryl Hines,  star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr </p>

Cheryl Hines, star of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr

For more than a decade, Mr Kennedy has spread vaccine conspiracy theories to his vast social media following and in bestselling books.

His views became more prominent during the Covid pandemic, as the US lagged behind other developed nations in vaccination rates.

Among Mr Kennedy’s controversial views are that the President Joe Biden’s leading Covid adviser Anthony Fauci and Microsoft founder Bill Gates are working with Big Pharma to profit from the vaccine rollout.

He has claimed that 5G towers are being installed across the nation “to harvest our data and control our behavior”.

Mr Kennedy has also cast doubt on whether Sirhan Sirhan murdered his father, the former Attorney General and Presidential candidate Robert F Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.

In an interview with The Independent in January, Mr Kennedy denied he had compared vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany.

“I was making a point that modern technology leads to totalitarian regimes, and gave several examples. Which is a totally different point,” he said.