Blake Fleetwood, a writer who calls Mr Kennedy “an inspiration” and who has been a friend and fellow skier since 1971, said he couldn’t understand why Mr Kennedy “risked his whole life on ‘activism in’ undertaking this crusade”. ”
“Why is he wasting his life’s work? ” He asked.
Mr Kennedy, 68, began speaking out against vaccines long before the arrival of the coronavirus, claiming they cause autism – a notion that has been firmly dismissed by medical experts. But the tenor of his attacks intensified with the arrival of Covid vaccinations and brought new scrutiny not only to Mr Kennedy’s positions on vaccines, but to other unorthodox causes he has leaned towards. shot over the years.
Mr Kennedy now says Sirhan B. Sirhan did not kill Mr Kennedy’s father and urged California parole boarders to release him. He repeated a popular conspiracy theory that 5G broadband transmission towers are being installed across the country “to harvest our data and control our behavior”.
In a best-selling new book, he claimed that Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who is President Biden’s top medical adviser on the coronavirus pandemic, and Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, were in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry. to enjoy. excluding dangerous vaccines.
He has amassed a significant following on social media, where he circulates what is often misinformation about the coronavirus and vaccines. Last year he was banned from Instagram, where he had 800,000 followers, for pushing misinformation in his attacks on the vaccine. His Facebook page, with over 300,000 followers, remains online, as does his Twitter account, with over 405,000 followers.
Mr Kennedy declined a request for an interview, saying he was busy with a trial over vaccine damage in Jackson, Tennessee. He also said he believed The New York Times had not given fair airing to his concerns about the vaccine and had ignored his book on Dr Fauci, despite its sustained sales. But he answered some questions by email, saying he had been dragged into this problem when the mother of an autistic child brought stacks of studies claiming to show a link between vaccines and the condition in her house on Cape Cod and stayed there until he examined them. .