Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Trump Wanted Me as VP

Kennedy unveils startling claim amidst electoral controversy.

by Nouman Rasool
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Trump Wanted Me as VP
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In an unexpected move in the 2024 presidential race, independent candidate and infamous conspiracy theorist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced Sunday that he turned down a Donald Trump campaign offer to be his running mate. It came on a tough day that saw the launch of a website targeting him for condemnation by a Pro-Trump group, Make America Great Again Inc (MAGA Inc).

The newly launched website, provocatively titled “Radical F-ing Kennedy,” aims to paint Kennedy as a "leftist radical" by highlighting his support for policies like a 70% income tax rate and an assault weapons ban.

It also mockingly references the Kennedy family’s tradition of using middle initials—a nod to figures such as his uncle, John F. Kennedy, and his father, both of whom were assassinated.

Kennedy Rejects VP Offer

In a defiant response on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter), Kennedy scoffed at the accusations of him being an ultra-leftist, revealing the irony of Trump’s team considering him for vice president.

“President Trump calls me an ultra-left radical. I’m soooo liberal that his emissaries asked me to be his VP. I respectfully declined the offer,” Kennedy stated. He further criticized both major party leaders, suggesting that Trump recognizes him as a genuine electoral threat.

MAGA Inc responded later that day with an email to journalists, dismissing Kennedy’s statements as “defensive and emotional,” yet conspicuously avoiding any denial of the VP offer claim. Despite Kennedy's unlikely path to the presidency, political analysts point out his potential to disrupt the electoral prospects for incumbent President Joe Biden.

In a strategic move last month, Kennedy named Nicole Shanahan, a tech attorney and philanthropist, as his running mate at a rally in her native Oakland, California. This decision appears to target younger voters, a demographic that may be disenchanted with the looming Biden-Trump rematch.

According to a Quinnipiac poll in February, Kennedy might garner up to 15% of the national vote. Trump, not one to shy away from confrontation, attacked Kennedy on his Truth Social platform, calling him "the most radical left candidate in the race," yet paradoxically noted that if he were a Democrat, Kennedy would have his vote over Biden.

Trump's dismissive tone underlined his view of Kennedy as more of a threat to Biden than to his own campaign, stating, “He is Crooked Joe Biden’s political opponent, not mine”.