RFK Jr. Suggests COVID-19 was ‘Ethnically Targeted,’ Defends Against Backlash
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The Details: Kennedy made the statement at a press event Tuesday, suggesting that whether a result of deliberate engineering or not, white and black people were targeted. Kennedy added that Chinese and Ashkenazi Jews were the most immune. His words sparked backlash from several media outlets, politicians, and organizations. Kennedy has since defended his statements and demanded a retraction from New York Post.
Key Quotes: On Tuesday, Kennedy said, “There is an argument that (COVID-19) is ethnically targeted… to attack Caucasians and black people. The… most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.” Saturday he defended himself on Twitter saying, “The @nypost story is mistaken. I have never, ever suggested that the COVID-19 virus was targeted to spare Jews. I accurately pointed out… that a 2021 study of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 appears to disproportionately affect certain races… That study is here.”
Reactions: Mainstream media outlets across the spectrum condemned Kennedy and his statements. Several publications, including New York Post, CNBC (Center bias), and New York Times (Lean Left bias) called Kennedy’s words a “conspiracy theory” or labeled him a “conspiracist.” The Zionist Organization of America and Anti-Defamation League called Kennedy’s statements “crazy” and “deeply offensive,” respectively. Independent journalist Michael Shellenberger said Kennedy didn’t actually fuel an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, but instead “triggered a long-overdue debate about how to rein in the dual-use research that has spiraled out of control.”
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From the RightRFK Jr. Argues Covid-19 May Have Been Engineered to Attack ‘Caucasian and Black People’
A video published by the New York Post on Saturday morning shows Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. explaining to a group of supporters that Covid-19 may have been “ethnically targeted” at Caucasian and black people, sparing Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese from severe outcomes.
“COVID-19. There is an argument that it is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately,” the Kennedy scion said during a dinner on the Upper East Side. “COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
From the CenterRFK Jr. attempts to walk back controversial remarks that COVID-19 was ‘ethnically targeted’
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. attempted to walk back his controversial remarks suggesting that COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted” to spare Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people on Saturday.
Kennedy, who is a prominent anti-vaccine activist, said at a press event on Tuesday night that COVID-19 was “ethnically targeted” to attack “certain races disproportionately.”
“There is an argument that it is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately,” Kennedy said in a video obtained by the New York Post. “COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people. The people who are most...
From the LeftRFK Jr. denies comments on ‘ethnically targeted’ Covid-19 were anti-Semitic
Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. denied allegations of racism and anti-Semitism Saturday after he reportedly suggested Covid-19 could have been genetically engineered to reduce risks to Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people.
Kennedy — a longtime vaccine skeptic who is running a longshot primary campaign against President Joe Biden — said during a Tuesday night press event that Covid-19 was “targeted to attack Caucasians and Black people.” He went on to say that “the people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.”
After a broad backlash to...