In a stark example of how much the Democratic Party has changed from its Camelot days of the 1960s, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has officially announced that he will leave the party and run for president as an independent. What would his father and uncles think of the party they built driving Kennedy to such a decision? NPR’s Tamara Keith reports:
Robert Kennedy Jr., who had been mounting a longshot challenge to President Biden for the Democratic nomination, is now running for president as an independent candidate.
“We declare independence from the two political parties and the corrupt interests that dominate them, and the entire rigged system of rancor and rage, corruption and lies,” Kennedy said to applause.
Kennedy, 69, who is known for spreading anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, has leveraged his famous last name for attention, while simultaneously slamming political elites.
“I haven’t made this decision lightly,” he said at a rally in Philadelphia. “It is very painful for me to let go of the party of my uncles, my father.”
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