Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. said in a recent interview that if elected president of the United States, he would have to “be careful” given the CIA’s alleged involvement in the assassination of his uncle, the late President John F. Kennedy.
When asked by podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan if he was concerned that the CIA could try to take him out too, Kennedy replied, “Well, I gotta be careful. I’m aware of that, you know, I’m aware of that danger. I don’t live in fear of it at all.” He added: “But I’m not stupid about it, and I take precautions.”
The CIA has repeatedly denied allegations that it was involved in the death of President Kennedy, who was shot on November 22, 1963 while riding in a convertible in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.
Kennedy told Rogan that the military, the intelligence community and JFK were “at war” with each other for months leading up to his uncle’s assassination.
According to RFK Jr., his uncle believed that Americans should be viewed abroad not as soldiers with guns, but as “Peace Corps volunteers building wells and US AID helping poor people.” The Democrat added that his uncle believed the U.S. should lead an alliance for progress in the third world and help to build a middle class, which “is what he did.”
Due to his efforts in Africa, Kennedy said, there are more statues, roads, hospitals, schools, and universities named after JFK in African cities than any other president.
Throughout his presidency however, according to RFK Jr. the military industrial complex and the IC were trying to trick his uncle into deploying troops to Cuba, Laos and Vietnam—but JFK resisted.
Eventually, according to Kennedy, his uncle grew wise to the tricks, and became so fed up that he wanted to “take the CIA and shatter it into a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
“For the next thousand days of his presidency, he was at war with his military and intelligence apparatus,” RFK Jr. “Everyone around him wanted him to go into Vietnam. He sent 16,000 military advisors.”
Kennedy pointed out that his uncle sent fewer people to Vietnam than he sent to Jackson, Mississippi to protect civil rights activist James Meredith, the first black student to attend the University of Mississippi.
As “military advisors,” the U.S. troops in Vietnam weren’t allowed to fight, but many of them did because they were violating the rules of engagement, Kennedy explained. He said that in October of 1963, after JFK found out that Green Berets were being killed in Vietnam, he demanded ” a total casualty list” from the war zone.
When the president was told 75 Americans have died in Vietnam, he said “that was too many” and he immediately signed an order to remove all U.S. troops out of Vietnam, RFK Jr. recalled. “The first thousand over the next month, and the rest by the beginning of 1965,” he said. “A month later, he was killed.”
This was not the first time Kennedy has shared his belief that the CIA was complicit in his uncle’s assassination.
During an interview in May with on New York City radio station WABC 770 , RFK Jr. said: “There is overwhelming evidence that the CIA was involved in his murder. I think it’s beyond a reasonable doubt at this point.”
In numerous interviews, Kennedy has also vowed to immediately declassify the JFK Files.
Kennedy is currently polling at 15.7 percent against incumbent Joe Biden’s 62 percent in the RealClearPolitics average for the Democrat presidential nomination.