Kathleen, Joseph and Maeve Kennedy recently issued an op-ed that was published in Politico today, saying that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has helped to spread dangerous misinformation. The essay says (in part):
“Americans have every right to be alarmed about the outbreak of measles in pockets of our country with unusually high rates of unvaccinated citizens, especially children. Right now, officials in 22 states are grappling with a resurgence of the disease, which was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. With over 700 cases already reported and indications that more outbreaks will occur, 2019 will likely see the most recorded cases of measles in decades. And it’s not just measles. In Maine, health officials in March reported 41 new cases of whooping cough, another disease once thought to be a relic of the past—more than twice as many cases as this time last year.
This problem isn’t only an American one. The World Health Organization reports a 300 percent increase in the numbers of measles cases around the world this year compared with the first three months of 2018. More than 110,000 people are now dying from measles every year. The WHO, the health arm of the United Nations, has listed vaccine hesitancy as one of the top 10 threats to global health in 2019. Most cases of preventable diseases occur among unvaccinated children, because parents have chosen not to vaccinate, have delayed vaccination, have difficulty accessing vaccines, or the children were too young to receive the vaccines.
These tragic numbers are caused by the growing fear and mistrust of vaccines—amplified by internet doomsayers. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.—Joe and Kathleen’s brother and Maeve’s uncle—is part of this campaign to attack the institutions committed to reducing the tragedy of preventable infectious diseases. He has helped to spread dangerous misinformation over social media and is complicit in sowing distrust of the science behind vaccines.
We love Bobby. He is one of the great champions of the environment. His work to clean up the Hudson River and his tireless advocacy against multinational organizations who have polluted our waterways and endangered families has positively affected the lives of countless Americans. We stand behind him in his ongoing fight to protect our environment. However, on vaccines he is wrong.”
You can read the entire essay here.
Robert Kennedy, Jr. is the founder of the environmentalist group Riverkeeper. His opposition to vaccines should be an indication, not only of his ideological consistency, but also represents the true nature of environmentalism. In Kennedy’s twisted mind, Bacteria and viruses obviously have a right to a healthy environment too.
The anti-vaccine movement is an environmentalist front that seeks to weaponize diseases (like measles or small pox) so people can die slow, painful deaths. Undermining vaccines by lying about them undermines legitimate medical science and can accomplish the environmentalist movement’s goal of human extermination a lot quicker.