Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist and nephew of President John F. Kennedy, apologized at a rally in Washington on Tuesday for comments that suggested it could be done in 2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Things are worse for people than for Anne Frank. , a teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp.
Kennedy tweeted, “I apologize for the reference to Anne Frank, especially to families facing the horrors of the Holocaust.” “My intention was to use examples of past vandalism to show the dangers posed by new techniques of control. I am truly and deeply sorry for the extent to which my comment has hurt.”
Kennedy’s wife, actress Cheryl Hines, issued her statement on Twitter, clarifying that she does not agree with his comments.
“My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in DC was reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities suffered by millions during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything.”
The US Holocaust Memorial Museum issued a statement on Twitter on Monday, saying the comparison was “outrageous and deeply offensive”.
“For the survivors, the Holocaust is not “history.” These are not abstract tragedies to exploit to prove a point. They are the brutal murder of a child, the rape of a sister, parents being arrested and never seen. Let’s carry the painful memories of him again.”
The Associated Press reported that during a Sunday rally organized by Children’s Health Defense, Kennedy’s non-vaccine non-profit group, Kennedy said that COVID-19 public health mandates were infringing on people’s rights, adding that Dr. Fauci was “circulating fascism.”
Kennedy, the son of former U.S. Attorney General, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, said, “Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps and go to Switzerland. You could have an attic like Anne Frank.” I could hide.”
This is not the first time Kennedy has referred to Nazi Germany and the Holocaust in reference to public health measures. An AP investigation released last month referenced a speech at the Ron Paul Institute in October when Kennedy compared government public health mandates to Nazi propaganda.
The investigation also referred to a video released by Kennedy showing Fauci with Hitler’s mustache. The AP reported that Kennedy also apologized in 2015 for using the word “Holocaust” to describe children who he believed were hurt by vaccines.
According to Politico, David Gorsky, a cancer surgeon at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, said continuous comparisons demonstrate Kennedy “makes sense.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt called Kennedy’s remarks “deeply offensive” in a Twitter post.
“@RobertKennedyJr Calling the memory of Anne Frank and the mass killing of Jews by the Nazis has not worked to ensure the health of its citizens any better than the US government is deeply wrong, deeply offensive and deeply disturbing . This must stop,” the tweet reads.
A recently published investigation by the BBC found that Frank, who died at the age of 15, had given up on his hiding by Arnold van den Berg, a member of the Jewish Council of Amsterdam, in exchange for saving himself and his family. The location was disclosed.