Headline RoundupJune 29th, 2023

RFK Jr. Talks Trump, Ukraine, and Vaccines During NewsNation Town Hall

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a candidate in the Democratic primary for the 2024 presidential election, participated in a town hall discussion Wednesday night hosted by NewsNation (Center bias).

Details: RFK Jr. stated his desire to end the Ukraine war, criticizing the United States’ handling of the conflict by stating, “We have neglected many, many opportunities to settle this war peacefully,” adding, “I think the way that we have conducted the war is bad … is terrible for the Ukrainian people… We’ve turned that nation into a proxy war between — a pawn in a proxy war between Russia and the United States.” RFK JR, who is regularly criticized by media outlets and censored online for his statements regarding vaccines, argued he is not opposed to vaccines, stating, “What I’ve said is I’m pro-science and pro-safety and we ought to subject vaccines…to at least the kind of rigorous placebo-controlled trials that are mandated for every other medicine.” When asked about former President Donald Trump’s positive statement regarding him, RFK Jr. stated he is “proud that President Trump likes me.” RFK Jr. pushed back on labeling Trump a “demagogue,” stating, “I don't want to reduce him to that epithet. Dehumanization of one's opponents is one reason why this country is so divided; it is also a precursor to war and violence.”

How The Media Covered It: Coverage across the spectrum was limited. As of 11:00 P.M. EST, AllSides could not find coverage of the town hall from a right-rated outlet.

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