Analysis: RFK Is A Major Challenge To Party Establishments

The 2024 presidential candidacy Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (RFK) could upend the establishment of the Democratic Party. Furthermore, evidence suggests that Kennedy could represent a larger shift against elites in both parties.

Kennedy announced his candidacy to significant attention earlier this month. The candidate is one of the leading anti-vaccine mandate advocates.

Kennedy is the most prominent Democrat to challenge incumbent President Joe Biden. His announcement followed that of author and 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson.

RFK Jr.’s candidacy could represent a major challenge to President Biden’s reelection bid. Some major party primaries, such as New Hampshire, allow for independents to vote.

Kennedy could receive considerable support from within the Democratic Party and beyond, potentially harming Biden’s reelection chances.

Part of Kennedy’s potential popularity may stem from his advocacy against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions.

“The lockdowns were absolutely catastrophic,” he said.

Kennedy said that the pandemic “wiped out” the middle class.

The candidate said that the coronavirus seriously harmed the American economy. Kennedy said that its effects “shifted $4 trillion in wealth from the American middle class to this new aristocracy of billionaires.”

A number of major billionaires gained significant wealth, and 500 new billionaires were created during this period.

He said that the United States has “very, very high concentrations of wealth in a nation that is now marked by widespread poverty.”

RFK Jr. said that he would be the best candidate to face former President Donald Trump should he gain the 2024 Republican nomination.

The next member of the Kennedy family to run for office is the son of former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy (D-NY). The elder Kennedy served as Attorney General to his brother, President John F. Kennedy.

Robert F. Kennedy, Sr. was a leading Democratic Party candidate in 1968 prior to his assassination in Los Angeles.

RFK Jr. is the fourth member of his family to seek the presidency, after John Kennedy’s successful bid in 1960, RFK Sr. in 1968, and their brother former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) in 1980.