Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was looking for answers after being confronted with a long list of his conspiracy theories in a new interview.
The Democratic presidential nominee, 69, sat last week for a detailed interview with Nick Gillespie and Zach Weissmueller from Groundwhich bills itself as the country’s leading libertarian magazine.
Mr Kennedy told the publication he had “always sided with the libertarians on most issues” and that he would consider appointing Tulsi Gabbard as his secretary of state.
Towards the end of the hour-long interview, Mr Gillespie said: Reasons The editor-in-chief noted that RFK Jr. routinely spouted conspiracies and displayed a “kind of conspiratorial mindset where almost everything we take for granted is bad.”
Mr Gillespie went on to enumerate the numerous conspiracies RFK Jr. has peddled, including his anti-vaccination stance and claims that 5G and Wi-Fi are “controlling our minds”, that AIDS is not caused by HIV and that Boys are becoming transgender because of chemicals in drinking water and that his cousin Michael Skakel is not guilty of a murder he was convicted of.
“It kind of just keeps going,” says Mr. Gillespie.
“How do you respond to people who say, ‘This is a sign that someone is fundamentally conspiracy-oriented instead of grappling with bare reality?'”
Mr. Kennedy replied that the questions were “very unfair”.
“You made a number of characterizations of my beliefs that you read in the newspapers. A lot of them are just wrong.”
When pressed, Mr. Kennedy offered to go through each point one at a time, urging the interviewers to “show me where I’m wrong.”
Mr Gillespie then brought up a now withdrawn article published by Rolling Stone And slate in 2005, which made scientifically debunked claims linking childhood vaccinations to autism.
Mr. Kennedy wrongly insisted that “not a single error” had been pointed out to him in the articles.
Kennedy, who is running as the long-term Democratic presidential nominee in 2024, has been repeatedly criticized by the scientific community for spreading dangerous misinformation about vaccines.
Last month, earlier salon Editor Joan Walsh said publishing Mr Kennedy’s article was the “worst mistake of my career” and she should have been fired for it.
The nephew of John F. Kennedy and son of Robert F. Kennedy recently appeared on the controversial Joe Rogan podcast, where he continued to make unsubstantiated claims about vaccines.
The couple requested Dr. Petez Hotez, a well-known medical expert and virologist, to discuss the science behind vaccines.
dr Hotez declined, saying he’d like to speak to Rogan but didn’t want to put on a talk show extravaganza.
“I’ve offered to go back and have the conversation with Joe Rogan, but not that it’s going to be Jerry Springer with RFK Jr.,” he told MSNBC.