A Kennedy among the American antivax

In the United States, they are called “The Disinformation Dozen”. In March, the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a US-UK non-governmental organization that fights hate and disinformation on social media, released a list of twelve influential US anti-vaccine personalities around the world responsible for 65% of the content. antivaccine posted on Twitter and Facebook between 1is February and March 16.

There is an osteopath follower of conspiracy theories, an anti-mask chiropractor, a “Holistic psychiatrist” which has nearly 150,000 subscribers on Instagram, a couple convinced that the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, would instigate a plot to inject computer chips at the same time as the vaccine against the Covid-19 and, surprise, a Kennedy: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Virulent and unscientific campaigns

Son of Robert F. Kennedy, Senator and Minister of Justice between 1961 and 1964, assassinated in 1968 in the midst of the Democratic primary, and nephew of ex-President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr is a 67-year-old lawyer graduated from Harvard, with a shiny CV. A specialist in environmental issues, he made a name for himself in the 1980s and 1990s as an activist for the climate cause, notably by taking legal actions against the giant Monsanto.

The descendant of the Kennedy dynasty inherited from his ancestors his ideal son-in-law physique, square chin, sporty figure, charming smile and his glamorous aura: he is married to actress Cheryl Hines, known for her role in the Larry David series. Curb Your Enthusiasm. He founded the World Mercury Project in 2016, renamed Children’s Health Defense (CHD) in 2018, and has since distinguished himself through his campaigns against mass vaccination, as virulent as they are unscientific.

“Studies link vaccines (…) and epilepsy, neurological problems and sudden infant death syndrome ”, can we read on the site. Statements contradicted by all major medical studies. “The available epidemiological data show conclusively that there is no causal link between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism spectrum disorders”, thus indicates the World Health Organization.

Complaints in the name of individual freedom

On behalf of the CHD, from which he received, as president and legal advisor, a salary of $ 225,000 in 2019, Robert Kennedy Jr nevertheless regularly takes legal action. As recently as August 16, the NGO lodged a complaint, alongside eighteen students from Rutgers University (New Jersey), against the obligation for students to be vaccinated against Covid-19, qualified by the organization of“Attack on human dignity and individual freedoms”.

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