Posted by on May 26, 2023 10:19 am
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RFK Jr. says the Democratic Party needs to be restored to a trustworthy ‘template of democracy’

Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (left) and President Joe Biden. (AP Photos)

RFK Jr. says the Democratic Party needs to be restored to a trustworthy ‘template of democracy’

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Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said the public does not trust America’s government, and because of that, he hopes to restore trust in the Democratic Party as a “template of democracy.”

“We’re living in a time in this country when there’s so many Americans who feel like this whole system, the economic system and the political system, are rigged against them, but also that elections are actually rigged. And I think it’s really important that the Democratic Party make itself a template for democracy,” Kennedy told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.

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Kennedy called on President Joe Biden to engage in conversations and debate throughout the Democratic primary, saying that in order for the party to be a “template for democracy,” candidates must do “retail politics — where there’s town halls, where there’s the ‘hurly burly’ of debate, where we have to go into nail parlors and diners and get questioned by the public.”

“That’s the only way that you really understand the desperation that Americans are living in today, to go out and talk to them without that kind of insulation,” Kennedy said. “I think it’s really important for us to show we’re a real democracy that we’re going to talk to our adversaries, that we’re going to win in the marketplace of ideas, and that this isn’t the kind of Soviet system where the party picks the candidates and then tells you who to vote for — that it’s actually a real election.”

“I hope at some point President Biden will share my sympathies and will debate his opponents,” Kennedy added.

The Democratic candidate said he is concerned about maintaining the integrity of the Constitution, given governmental mandates during the coronavirus pandemic.

“They suspended the First Amendment on religion, freedom of association when they did the lockdowns, freedom of speech. They banned jury trials against vaccine companies — that’s the 7th Amendment,” Kennedy Jr. noted, speaking of federal and state mandates. “They abolished property rights — 5th Amendment. They closed 3.3 million businesses with no due process, no just compensation.”

“The Constitution was written for hard times,” he continued. “And we need to restore that. That there’s no excuse for suspending our Constitution.”

Kennedy is the son of former New York Democratic Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy. He faces what many believe to be an uphill battle to defeat Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination.


When asked if he would support Biden should the president receive the party’s nomination, Kennedy Jr. told Ingraham, “I expect to be the nominee. I do not have a plan B.”

He did, however, say that if a Republican were to be elected president in 2024, he would consider serving as a Cabinet member should he be asked.

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