‘Don’t think that's fair’: Robert F Kennedy Jr opposes transgender female competing in women's sports
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Robert F Kennedy Jr recently expressed his opposition to the participation of transgender female athletes in women’s sports. During a CNN appearance on Saturday, April 29, the presidential hopeful said that he believes allowing “biologically male” candidates to compete in women’s sports is unfair to the hard work women have invested to develop female sports over the past three decades.
“I am against people participating in women's sports who are biologically male,” Kennedy Jr said. “I think women have worked too hard to develop women's sports over the past 30 years. I watched it happen, and I don't think that's fair,” he added. Kennedy Jr’s comment comes after the House passed the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act in a 219-203 vote last week. The law aims to prevent biological males who identify as transgender females from participating in women’s sports at schools across the US.
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The bill faced opposition from the Democrats, who provided all “no” votes and accused Republicans of “bullying” transgender students by supporting the bill. Meanwhile, it received all “yes” votes from Republicans. President Joe Biden reportedly said he would veto the bill if it arrived on his desk. At present, 21 states across the US have banned transgender females from participating in girls and women’s sports. Kennedy Jr is possibly one of the few Democrats who wish to see the number rise further, the Daily Mail reported.
Kerry Kennedy distanced herself from her brother’s views
Kerry Kennedy, who runs the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Organization, distanced herself from her brother Robert F Kennedy Jr’s opinions amid his presidential bid, the publication noted. “I love my brother Bobby, but I do not share or endorse his opinions on many issues, including the COVID pandemic, vaccinations, and the role of social media platforms in policing false information,” Kerry said. “It is also important to note that Bobby's views are not reflected in or influence the mission or work of our organization,” she added.
In 2020, the Robert F Kennedy Human Rights Organization asked ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling to return an award she received from the group in 2019 for her work with the Lumos children's charity due to the author’s controversial views on transgender issues. At the time, Kerry said she found Rowling’s remarks on the transgender community “deeply troubling.” Kerry has not directly addressed Kennedy Jr’s views against the participation of transgender females in women’s sports.
Robert F Kennedy Jr said he ‘fundamentally’ disagrees with Joe Biden
On April 19, Kennedy Jr, an environmental attorney and one of the most vocal anti-vaccine activists, launched his bid to challenge President Biden for the Democratic nomination in the 2024 presidential elections. “My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign and throughout my presidency will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is now threatening to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism in our country,” he said during his speech.
Earlier this week, Kennedy Jr spoke to John Catsimatidis and Rita Cosby on WABC 770 AM’s ‘Cats & Cosby Show’ and said that he disagrees with Biden on key issues despite having a cordial relationship with the president, The Hill reported. “I’m not running a mean-spirited campaign against Joe Biden. I’ve been friends with Joe Biden for 40 years. I’m grateful for his service to our country and his family’s service to our country. But I just disagree fundamentally with him on where the country is going,” Kennedy Jr stated.
“I don’t want Wall Street running the country. I don’t want the neocons running our foreign policy. I don’t like censorship. I think I’m skeptical about war,” he continued. Kennedy Jr went on to say that his campaign is intended to “get people to forget that they’re Democrats or Republicans and remember that we’re all Americans.” He said people should focus on shared values instead of highlighting issues that divide them.