Robert F. Kennedy Jr. To Host Political Rally On Long Island

RFK Jr. holds a rally in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Photo by Adam Daly/Brooklyn Paper

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, is coming to Long Island to host a political rally to support his presidential campaign.

Kennedy is currently running an independent, third party bid for the 2024 presidential election against incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, a Republican. RFK Jr. started his campaign by challenging Biden in the Democratic primary, but dropped after dwindling poll numbers as well as Biden ignoring Kennedy’s calls for televised debates.

“We have the field teams, volunteers, legal teams, paid circulators, supporters, and strategists ready to get the job done,” Stefanie Spear, Kennedy’s campaign press secretary, said. “We are exceeding all our benchmarks and will be announcing new states each week.”

Kennedy, who is on the ballot in Utah and has collected signatures to be on the ballot in up to seven other states, now seeks to be on New York State’s ballot for the November election.

While no poll has given Kennedy a serious shot at winning in November, many pundits have speculated if Kennedy could be a spoiler candidate in November – though it’s not clear if Kennedy draws more support from would-be Biden voters or would-be Trump voters. Earlier Monday, Kennedy claimed Trump had asked him to be his running mate.

Kennedy’s campaign denies being left or right, stating its goals are to “restore the middle class, unravel corporate capture of our government agencies, unwind the war machine, end the chronic disease epidemic, reduce the national debt, make homes affordable again, and protect our constitutional rights.”

Kennedy has received praise in the past for his work as an environmental lawyer, but has also drawn criticism for his stances on vaccines, with some calling him an “anti-vaxxer.”

The rally will be held at 2:30 p.m. on April 28 at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook.