Controversy has erupted over video footage showing presidential candidate Ronald F. Kennedy Jr. discussing the theory that COVID-19 was purposefully engineered to target some races and leave others alone.
He made the remarks while speaking at a press dinner this Friday about the coinciding theory that COVID-19 is a bioweapon produced by some government.
“COVID-19 — there is an argument that it is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately. COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese,” he said.
“We don’t know whether it was deliberately targeted or not but there are papers out there that show the racial or ethnic differential and impact,” he added.
RFK Jr. says that COVID-19 was possibly a bioweapon designed to target white and black people.
He also said that the Chinese and Ashkenzai Jews were the most immune to the Coronavirus.
— Censored Men (@CensoredMen) July 15, 2023
The remarks inspired accusations of anti-Semitism from the media.
“Kennedy’s remark echoes well-worn anti-Semitic literature blaming Jews for the emergence and spread of coronavirus which began circulating online shortly after the pandemic broke out,” the New York Post reported.
Jewish organizations also blasted Kennedy.
“This is crazy. It makes no sense that they would do that. I read everything. I was totally against the vaccine. . . I wanted to convince myself it was correct not to take it. I have never seen anything like this,” Morton Klein of the right-leaning Zionist Organization of America said.
“The claim that COVID-19 was a bioweapon created by the Chinese or Jews to attack Caucasians and black people is deeply offensive and feeds into sinophobic and anti-semitic conspiracy theories about COVID-19 that we have seen evolve over the last three years,” the far-left Anti-Defamation League added.
Meanwhile, leftists rushed out of the woodwork to attack the Democrat presidential candidate.
“I’m sorry. @RobertKennedyJr needs in-patient care. I speak as a formerly friendly acquaintance who admired his environmental work. He has lost his mind,” Keith Olbermann tweeted.
“If you still think there is a left or even non-insane case for supporting or even indulging RFK Jr. then you have been conned or have conned yourself. Madness. Racist, conspiratorial, dangerous madness,” MSNBC’s Medhi Hasan added.
Fellow Democrat presidential candidate Marianne Williamson also got in on the RFK-bashing:
I strongly denounce comments made earlier this week by RFK Jr. implying that Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese were relatively “spared” by COVID-19, while Caucasian and Black people were specifically targeted. Whether intentionally or not, his remarks amplify sinister and unfounded…
— Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) July 15, 2023
But according to Kennedy, his critics are deeply mistaken.
In a tweet posted Saturday, he denied ever having “suggested that the COVID-19 virus was targeted to spare Jews” and explained that he’d simply been discussing a legitimate scientific study.
“I accurately pointed out — during an off-the-record conversation — that the U.S. and other governments are developing ethnically targeted bioweapons and that a 2021 study of the COVID-19 virus shows that COVID-19 appears to disproportionately affect certain races since the furin cleave docking site is most compatible with Blacks and Caucasians and least compatible with ethnic Chinese, Finns, and Ashkenazi Jews,” he wrote
“In that sense, it serves as a kind of proof of concept for ethnically targeted bioweapons. I do not believe and never implied that the ethnic effect was deliberately engineered,” he added.
He also linked to the study in question.
The @nypost story is mistaken. I have never, ever suggested that the COVID-19 virus was targeted to spare Jews. I accurately pointed out — during an off-the-record conversation — that the U.S. and other governments are developing ethnically targeted bioweapons and that a 2021…
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) July 15, 2023
His supporters also rushed to his defense, including journalist Emily Austin.
“After speaking with RFK Jr. this morning, I’m severely disappointed in [the New York Post’s] headline. Being a Jew combatting REAL antisemitism this was not it,” she tweeted.
“He clarified with me this morning that he was discussing ethnic bio weapons, and merely stated that the Cleveland Clinic study showed that SARS-COV2 affects certain ethnicities more than others. #1 being people of African decent. It is least compatible with Fins, and Ashkenazi Jews. This is what he said that was spun by the media (per usual) And P.S- he’s a huge ally for Israel @RobertKennedyJr,” she added.
After speaking with RFK Jr. this morning, I’m severely disappointed in this headline. Being a Jew combatting REAL antisemitism this was not it.
He clarified with me this morning that he was discussing ethnic bio weapons, and merely stated that the Cleveland Clinic study showed… https://t.co/aMV4UqVDtu pic.twitter.com/R34aK8xwq8
— Emily Austin (@emilyraustin) July 15, 2023
Conservative commentator Candace Owens also came to RFK’s defense.
“This is your daily reminder that virtually everyone in media is insincere and clamoring to baselessly refer to everyone as antisemitic or racist against black people,” she tweeted.
Just so I’m clear—RFK is now antisemitic because he mentioned an actual scientific study which revealed that Chinese people & ashkenazi Jews were the most immune to COVID-19?
He also stated, “We DON’T KNOW whether it was deliberately targeted or not but there are papers out… https://t.co/p6U1OOSk7p
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) July 16, 2023
In additional tweets, RFK also slammed the Post for exploiting his “OFF-THE-RECORD conversation” to smear him, and noted that it’s another example of the mainstream media’s dishonest playbook.
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