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Why is Twitter founder Jack Dorsey endorsing Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for president?

The Democrat is President Biden’s closest challenger in the party with a large focus on environmentalism but is also known for his debunked anti-vax views.

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Jack Dorsey, the original creator of Twitter, endorsed the presidential run of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on his old site.

He tweeted a link to an interview with RFK Jr. saying he can beat Trump and DeSantis in the election next year with the comment, “He can and will.”

The member of the Kennedy political family has been polling strongly for a Democrat candidate at 20%, far ahead of anyone else except the president himself. Joe Biden streaks ahead with 60% according to polling conducted by CNN.

RFK Jr. had been banned from Instagram in 2021 for sharing of false claims about covid-19, though his account was restored on Sunday. Twitter users criticised Dorsey’s endorsement with author John Green voicing his disappointment.

“You could improve global health simply by divesting your wealth,” the The Fault in Our Stars author tweeted to Dorsey. “But instead, you bait-tweet endorse a fella who thinks HIV is unrelated to AIDS--a conspiracy theory that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives. And all for that little hit of twitter dopamine.”

Who is Robert F. Kennedy Jr.?

RFK Jr., whose full name is Robert Francis Kennedy Jr., was born on January 17, 1954, in Washington, D.C., United States.

As a member of the Kennedy family, RFK Jr. is the third of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy. His father was a prominent figure in American politics and served as Attorney General and a Senator before being assassinated in 1968. He is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, also assassinated, and Senator Ted Kennedy.

Kennedy has claimed that thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative, in vaccines is linked to various health problems, including autism. In a 2021 book titled ‘The Real Anthony Fauci’ in he accused the top infectious disease doctor of assisting in “a historic coup d’etat against western democracy”.

Extensive scientific research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has consistently found no credible evidence supporting a causal link between vaccines, thimerosal, and autism.