Shortly after Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced he is dropping out of the Democratic Primary and running for president as an Independent, members of his own family condemned the move.
“The decision of our brother Bobby to run as a third party candidate against Joe Biden is dangerous to our country,” RFK Jr’s siblings wrote in a statement. “Bobby might share the same name as our father, but he does not share the same values, vision or judgment.”
“Today’s announcement is deeply saddening for us,” it continued. “We denounce his candidacy and believe it to be perilous for our country.”
The letter was signed by RFK Jr’s brother, former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II of Massachusetts, and three of his sisters: former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Kerry Kennedy, and Rory Kennedy.
Kennedy, 69, was running a long-shot Democratic primary campaign to challenge incumbent President Joe Biden for the party’s nomination in 2024.
“I’m here to declare myself an independent candidate,” Kennedy told his supporters in Philadelphia Monday. “I must declare my own independence. Independence from the Democratic Party and from all other political parties.”