RFK Jr. sentenced for ‘reckless’ comments about Anne Frank and vaccines

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“Even in Hitler’s Germany you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did.”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., is shown on the big screen as he speaks at an anti-vaccine rally outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The Associated Press

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. was ‘reckless’ and ‘outrageous’ when he suggested things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam home for two years, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum has said.

“To draw reckless comparisons to the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews, for a political agenda is outrageous and deeply offensive. Those who carelessly invoke Anne Frank, the Star Badge, and the Nuremberg Trials are exploiting the history and consequences of hate,” the museum said in a statement on Monday. Twitter.

A spokesperson said the museum made the statement in response to Kennedy’s speech and other recent incidents of people invoking the Holocaust for political purposes. The museum also pointed out that Anne Frank was one of the 1.5 million children who died during the Holocaust.

At a Sunday rally in Washington organized by his nonprofit anti-vaccine group Children’s Health Defense, Kennedy complained that people’s rights were being violated by public health measures that had been taken to reduce the number of people sick and killed by COVID-19. He said the country’s leading infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, was orchestrating “fascism.”

“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” said Kennedy, a nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the son of his slain brother, the former attorney general, civil rights activist and Democratic presidential candidate. President Robert F. Kennedy.

Kennedy Jr. went on to say that today “the mechanisms are in place so that none of us can run and none of us can hide”, and complained 5G, the latest generation of wireless communication networks, and vaccine passports.

An AP investigation published last month detailed how Kennedy invoked the specter of the Nazis and the Holocaust in his work to sow doubt about vaccines and agitate against public health efforts to bring the pandemic under control, like requiring masks or vaccination mandates.

In a speech at the Ron Paul Institute in October, for example, Kennedy made several references to the Nazis, obliquely comparing the public health measures put in place by governments around the world to Nazi propaganda intended to scare people. for them to abandon critical thinking. Last month he posted a video showing a photo of Fauci with a Hitler mustache.

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Kennedy apologized in 2015, after he used the word “holocaust” to describe children he said were harmed by vaccines. He said at the time that he “used the term in an impromptu speech”.

The fact that he continued to use such comparisons indicates he “really means it,” said Dr. David Gorski, a cancer surgeon at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and a critic of the anti-vaccine movement. who followed Kennedy’s rhetoric for more than 15 years. Gorski said Kennedy has been making references to Nazis and the Holocaust in relation to vaccines since at least 2013.

In recent years, Gorski said, Kennedy has been more open about using such language, which he says may indicate that Kennedy feels he resonates with the new fanbase he has. incorporated during the pandemic, or that the consequences of using such language aren’t “unacceptably negative”.

The AP investigation documented how Kennedy grew his group during the pandemic, expanding his audience and attracting millions of dollars in new funding.

Gorski said the language demonstrates one of the ways Kennedy enjoys connecting with his audience: buttering them up by portraying them as going against the grain and smarter than everyone else.

“If the vaccination mandates are totalitarian like the Nazis and the Soviet Union and that kind of stuff, what does that do to the anti-vaxxers? They are brave freedom fighters,” Gorski said. “There is flattery in these analogies.”

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