Trump and Biden teams work to radicalize voters against Robert Kennedy Jr. as a ‘dangerous conspiracy theorist’ as his Independent campaign for president gains attention and support

By Charlie Spiering, Senior Political Reporter, Washington, Dc

18:15 31 Mar 2024, updated 18:18 31 Mar 2024

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. strengthens his independent run for president, Republican and Democrat operatives are more motivated than ever to keep their supporters away from his campaign.

To Democrats, Kennedy is a dangerous conspiracy theorist, to Republicans, Kennedy is a radical left ‘nut-job.’  

Democrats are desperate to convince their voters to ignore Kennedy, despite the legacy of the family name in the party. 

‘The Kennedy name goes a really long way there,’ DNC campaign operative Lis Smith acknowledged in an interview on the Pod Save America podcast, hosted by former aides of former President Barack Obama.

Smith is part of a new team of DNC shock troopers with the goal of discrediting Kennedy from Democrats.

She described Kennedy supporters as ‘low information voters’ who are tantalized by the family legacy, revealing her goal of puncturing that balloon.

‘The Kennedy name goes a really long way there,’ DNC campaign operative Lis Smith acknowledged in an interview on the Pod Save America podcast, hosted by former aides of former President Barack Obama
Independent US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Paramount to her argument against Kennedy is that RFK Jr. is a black sheep of the family.

‘The people who know him best, the Kennedy family members are not supporting him,’ she explained.

Smith and her fellow Democratic political operatives are setting a narrative that Kennedy has a long record of dangerous views on medical vaccines and conspiracy theories.

‘The guy has never met a conspiracy theory that he doesn’t love, he thinks that wifi gives you cancer, that chemicals in the water and in fish turn kids gay and transgender,’ she said.

Kennedy’s skeptical views on vaccines, she argued, were ‘dangerous’ for voters, especially in black communities.

‘His words and his actions do have consequences, there are real-life consequences for real,’ she said, warning of his ‘long history of spreading medical misinformation’ that appealed to the ‘new-age left.’

Smith accused Kennedy of choosing Nicole Shanahan as his running mate as a cynical ploy to use her money for the campaign. As the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Shanahan has access to a small fortune while running with Kennedy. 

As the ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Shanahan has access to a small fortune while running with Kennedy
429.990234375 SEI*197541559 A supporter cheers for Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as he speaks during a campaign event to announce his pick for a running mate

‘We know Kennedy’s campaign is broke and he needs money to hire staff to be able to get on the ballot in states across the country,’ she said. ‘This might be the first case in history where someone was able to buy themselves a VP slot.’

Democrats also warn that Kennedy’s Super PAC is partially funded by billionaire Tim Mellon, who also has donated to former President Donald Trump. For Democrats, that’s proof that Trump operatives like Roger Stone and Steve Bannon successfully recruited Kennedy as a spoiler for Democrats in the 2024 election.

Ultimately, they warn potential Kennedy supporters, a vote for RFK Jr. could help usher in another term for former President Donald Trump.

‘What happens if he plays the role of spoiler, do you really want another four years of a conman chaos agent in Donald Trump?’ Smith warned Democrats.

Democrats are right to be worried. According to a new Partners survey, Kennedy is siphoning nine percent of Biden’s supporters who voted for him in 2020.

‘At the moment RFK Jr is taking more votes from Biden than from Trump,’ Johnson pollster James Johnson, co-founder of JL Partners told ‘He does particularly well amongst female voters, younger voters, and black voters – all demographics that Biden performs better amongst overall.’

Trump allies appreciate new polling showing that Kennedy’s campaign is more of a threat to Democrats than to Trump supporters, but they are not content to gloat.

Team Trump wants to make sure that their supporters realize he is a radical leftist who supports draconian environmental policies like the Green New Deal.

Trump himself warned his supporters on his social media network that Kennedy was not their candidate.

‘RFK Jr. is the most Radical Left Candidate in the race, by far,’ Trump wrote on Truth Social describing the environmental lawyer as ‘a big fan of the Green New Scam.’

‘Kennedy is a Radical Left Democrat, and always will be!!!’ Trump continued describing him as ‘great for MAGA’ because of his ability to siphon off votes from Biden and ‘the communists.’

Republican operatives understand, however, that Democrats are not the only ones who could lose votes to Kennedy.

A new poll from Fox News shows that Kennedy takes votes from both sides. While ten percent of Democrats now support Kennedy, he also draws eight percent of Republicans.

Despite efforts from both parties to highlight his negatives, Kennedy has a 47 percent favorable rating in the Fox News poll, while Trump garners 45 percent and Biden only has a 39 percent favorable rating.

Independent U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

MAGA Inc., the Super PAC supporting Trump, is painting Kennedy as a dangerous radical who supports radical tax hikes proposed by Democratic socialists like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal.

Their messaging on social media describes Kennedy as a ‘life long leftist who voted for Biden in 2020 and a Hillary Clinton ‘fanboy.’

‘RFK Jr. is a left-wing nut,’ the group posted on X, highlighting a 2018 post on social media calling the National Rifle Association a ‘terror group.’

Since announcing his campaign, Kennedy has made some tactical shifts on hot-button issues on the right, such as immigration, border security, and the Second Amendment but Trump and his team continue reminding Republicans that he is no friend of conservatives.

Donald Trump Jr. has repeatedly warned his father’s supporters from supporting Kennedy, described as a
California attorney Nicole Shanahan speaks after Independent US presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announced her as his running mate for vice president

Donald Trump Jr. raised concerns about Kennedy on Wednesday on his Triggered show on Rumble.

‘Now Joe might not be the most far-left choice on the ballot in November, because RFK Jr. is now making an even sharper move to the left, just like I predicted folks,’ he said, calling his candidacy a ‘bait and switch’ for conservatives.

Trump Jr. played old video clips of Kennedy attacking Voter ID on MSNBC and discussing the idea of a ‘smart grid’ that would shut off people’s personal appliances before he announced his presidential campaign. 

Kennedy’s choice of Shanahan, Trump Jr. warned, was concerning because she was connected to Google and Big Tech.  

‘RFK is a far-left radical, that I’ve been telling you,’ he said.

The Kennedy campaign is trying to capture the ‘double haters’ vote, who are sick of both Biden and Trump. 

The campaign did not respond to a request from the for comment.

Kennedy embraced the idea that his campaign was a ‘spoiler’ for both candidates, speaking directly about the issue during his Vice Presidential candidate announcement in California on Tuesday. 

‘Their principal technique is to call me a spoiler and instill fear in Americans that voting for me will get some other terrifying candidate elected,’ he said. ‘Our campaign is a spoiler. I agree with that. It’s a spoiler for president Biden and for President Trump.’

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