RFK Jr.: Biden A 'Much Worse Threat to Democracy' Than Trump

  • Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. told CNN in an interview Monday he views Pres. Joe Biden as a “much worse threat to democracy” than former Pres. Donald Trump. New York Post (LR: 5 CP: 5)
  • Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, Kennedy, a former Democrat, argued that Biden has used his administration to block certain individuals and content on social media platforms in an act of political censorship that violates the First Amendment. CNN
  • Kennedy also said that pressure from the Biden White House prompted large platforms, including Meta's Facebook and Instagram, to remove his content about COVID and vaccines, and suspend his account in 2021. CNN
  • On Fox News on Tuesday, Kennedy accused Biden of using the courts, prosecutors, and many federal agencies to "change our political landscape" in a way, he said, is more dangerous than Trump’s efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election. FOX News (LR: 4 CP: 4)
  • Kennedy, who is currently polling at 10.4% nationally, also assailed the White House for denying him Secret Service protection even though he received death threats as a presidential candidate. His father, former US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, and his uncle, Pres. John F. Kennedy, were both assassinated in the 1960s. NY1
  • The third-party challenger also criticized Trump, calling the presumptive Republican nominee also a threat to democracy. Democratic Party officials rebuked his statements. NBC (LR: 2 CP: 4)

Democratic narrative:

  • Of all the disqualifying false and dangerous statements Kennedy has made, his claims about Biden's threat to democracy might be the most egregious. After all, Trump engaged in an insurrection. But with this and other statements and actions, Kennedy has proven he's nothing more than an instrument of the Trump campaign's efforts to take votes away from Biden.

Republican narrative:

  • Kennedy didn't just turn the tables on Biden-friendly CNN, he exposed how Biden's swamp-ridden administration is the greatest threat to democracy. The administration has been persecuting Trump and it has strong-armed social media platforms into limiting the free speech of the president's opponents. This approach is not democratic.

Nerd narrative:

  • There's a 20% chance that a third-party or independent candidate will win at least 5% of the popular vote in the 2024 US presidential election, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
    METACULUS (LR: 3 CP: 3)
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