Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. apologized Tuesday for suggesting that things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, a teenager hiding with her family in a secret contract in Amsterdam. After she died in a Nazi concentration camp. home for two years.
RFK Jr. condemned for ‘reckless’ comments on Anne Frank, vaccines
Kennedy’s remarks, put out at a rally in Washington on Sunday by his anti-vaccine non-profit group, were widely condemned as offensive, derogatory and historically ignorant. It is the second time since 2015 that Kennedy has apologized for mentioning the Holocaust while sowing doubts and mistrust about vaccines in the course of his work.
“I apologize for the reference to Anne Frank, especially to families facing the horrors of the Holocaust,” Kennedy said in a tweet Tuesday morning. “My intention was to use examples of past vandalism to show the dangers posed by new techniques of control. To the extent my remarks have been hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry.”
Kennedy’s wife, actress Cheryl Hines of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, distanced herself from her husband in her own tweet about 20 minutes later. She called the reference to Anne Frank “scandalous and insensitive”.
“The atrocities suffered by millions during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. Their opinion is not my own reflection,” Hines tweeted.
Kennedy, the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the son of his slain brother, former U.S. attorney general, civil rights activist and Democratic presidential contender Robert F. Kennedy, complained on Sunday that the nation’s leading infectious disease physician, Anthony Fauci, Was organizing “fascism”.
“Even in Hitler’s Germany, you could cross the Alps to Switzerland. You could hide in an attic like Anne Frank,” he told the crowd.
One Investigated by the Associated Press last month Kennedy is found to have invoked the ghosts of the Nazis and the Holocaust when talking about public health measures to save lives during the pandemic, such as requiring masks or vaccine mandates.
Last month, for example, he put out a video showing Fauci in Hitler’s mustache. In an October speech to the Ron Paul Institute, he compared public health measures taken by governments around the world to Nazi propaganda meant to intimidate people into giving up on critical thinking.
Kennedy apologized in 2015 after using the word “Holocaust” to describe children he believed were hurt by vaccines.
In his Tuesday apology, Kennedy did not address his previous calls for the Nazis, Hitler, and the Holocaust when discussing vaccines. their representative Nonprofit, Children’s Healthcare, did not return emails asking about its previous comments.