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FLASHBACK: Associated Press: RFK Jr. spent years peddling vaccine conspiracy theories, real people were hurt.

From the Associated Press: “The real consequence of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is we have dead children.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, MoveOn reminds voters about the real-world, deadly consequences of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccine platforms. The Associated Press reported that RFK Jr’s fearmongering about vaccines caused families to delay important care for their kids – exposing them to health risks. The report also details how RFK Jr. weaponized the COVID-19 pandemic to fund his anti-vaccine disinformation machine and that he wrongfully used the likeness of a deceased child to push conspiracies related to COVID-19 vaccines.

While RFK Jr. has recently attempted to soften his radical anti-vaccine stances depending on his audience, it’s nothing more than political double-speak from a failing candidate who continues to take millions from equally fringe anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists like Mark Gorton and his running mate Nicole Shanahan.

“For far too long, RFK Jr. has preyed on people’s grief and weaponized their tragedies to push outright lies about vaccines, reproductive care, and abortion. That’s why it should come as no surprise that Kennedy is in lockstep with the MAGA agenda that would roll back the clock and eliminate public health as we know it,” said MoveOn Political Action Chief Communications Officer Joel Payne. “The contrast could not be more clear. RFK Jr. and Trump have peddled medical misinformation that endangers people’s lives, while President Biden has overseen a pandemic recovery that pulled our country out of one of its darkest hours. Support for RFK Jr.’s dangerous views is a tacit vote for Donald Trump’s disastrous record on public health and reproductive care.”

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