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RFK Jr.’s Presidential Bid Stirs Vaccine Conspiracy Debate

Cheryl Hines weighs in on controversies surrounding husband's anti-vaccine activism, emphasizes need for dialogue.

Robert Kennedy Jr. is fighting the Democratic presidential primary race and is pitted against President Joe Biden. He recently kicked up a storm by drawing a lot of people into a debate about the COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theory.

Actor Cheryl Hines introduces her husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for his official announcement that he is running for President on April 19, 2023, in Boston, Massachusetts. An outspoken anti-vaccine activist, RFK Jr. joins self-help author Marianne Williamson in the Democratic presidential field of challengers for 2024. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

The presidential hopeful’s wife Cheryl Hines, in a yet-to-be-aired podcast hosted by Russell Brand, gave her two cents on her husband’s run for office.

When asked whether she is doing all right amid the pressure of being an “on-screen accomplice of a stubborn and difficult partner who gets himself into all sorts of scrapes with his unwillingness to not take up unnecessary confrontations,” Hines said she seems to be okay.

Hines, an actor and comedian, weighed in on the controversies surrounding her husband’s viewpoints

“Oftentimes, perception is reality to people, so you have people that have read one article, and they truly believe that article that they read, and then you have another group of people that have read a different article, and it says something completely different, but that is also their reality,” said Hines.

It turns “people against us and against each other,” she added.

Hines pointed out that this is despite the people being all one, wanting the same thing; they all want the children to be healthy and each other to be happy.

“The only way to do that is to stop to listen to each other and to have a conversation and to try to understand the other person instead of the finger waving and saying you’re wrong,” she said in a video clip of the podcast shared on Twitter.

“I just think that we need to just take a moment and breathe and know that we’re all connected.”

Hines would be the third celebrity First Lady if Kennedy was elected behind Nancy Reagan and Melania Trump.

Kennedy’s cousin, Caroline Kennedy, who’s the oldest daughter of the late former President John F. Kennedy, is currently serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia for the Biden administration. 

Kennedy is currently polling at 20% in the Democratic primary as Biden’s approval rating is at 40%. The 40% approval rating was in the same position where former presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump were positioned when they were both up for re-election.

Obama had won his re-election in 2012 whereas Trump lost his re-election bid in 2020. Kennedy is speaking with all media outlets that include CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News in order to gain traction.

Produced in association with Benzinga

Edited by Alberto Arellano and Joseph Hammond

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