RFK Jr.’s Sobering Response to CNN’s Gaslighting of Trump as ‘Threat to Democracy’

April 2nd, 2024 1:09 PM

Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. provided a fresh perspective on CNN, lambasting President Joe Biden’s vast censorship enterprise. 

RFK Jr. appeared for an interview on April 1 with CNN anchor Erin Burnett. The third-party presidential candidate was asked if he really thought that Biden was a worse threat to democracy than former President Donald Trump.

“Listen, I can make the argument that President Biden is a much worse threat to democracy, and the reason for that is President Biden is the first candidate in history, the first president in history that has used the federal agencies to censor political speech, to censor his opponent,” Kennedy said. “I can say that because I just won a case in the federal court of appeals and now before the Supreme Court that shows that he started censoring not just me 37 hours after he took the oath of office, he was censoring me.”

After describing Biden’s actions as dangerous, Kennedy stated that these pro-censorship measures cannot be compared to any of Trump’s. 

“No president in the country has ever done that,” Kennedy insisted. “The greatest threat to democracy is not somebody who questions election returns but  a president of the United States, who uses the power of his office to force the social media companies—Facebook, Instagram [and] Twitter—-to open a portal and give access to that portal to the FBI, to the CIA, to the IRS, to CISA, to NIH, to censor his political critics.”

To stress the gravity of the threat of such attacks on free speech, Kennedy cited the arguments of the Founding Fathers, who considered the First Amendment to be the linchpin on which all of the other rights of citizens depend.

Kennedy further argued, “The First Amendment is the most important. …. [John] Adams and [Alexander] Hamilton and [James] Madison said we put the guarantee of freedom of expression in the First Amendment because all of our other Constitutional rights depend on it.”

The presidential contender also issued a dark warning about what other horrors government censorship can lead to. He warned, “If you have a government that can silence its opponent, it has license for any atrocity.”  

Biden’s censorship regime has been challenged for violations of the First Amendment in a series of lawsuits, including by Kennedy. 

Judge Terry A Doughty, a U.S. district court judge, recently ruled that Kennedy likely proved that the Biden administration indeed violated the plaintiff’s constitutional right to free speech. Doughty also issued an injunction preventing the federal government, including the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI from communicating with social media companies to suppress or remove protected speech. 

Various federal agencies and even the White House have targeted Kennedy for posts he made relating to COVID-19. On Jan. 22, 2021, White House official Clark Humphrey emailed Twitter (now known as X) demanding that RFK Jr. be censored for a tweet calling attention to a “wave of suspicious deaths'' that were occurring in patients who received COVID-19 vaccines. Kennedy specifically cited the death of baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, who died shortly after publically receiving the Moderna vaccine to encourage mass vaccinations among black Americans.     

Conservatives are under attack. Contact your representatives and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on so-called hate speech and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.