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MoveOn: Kennedy Jr. & Trump Are Two Sides of Same Coin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In reaction to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Nicole Shanahan’s defense of Donald Trump after a jury found Trump guilty of 34 felony counts, MoveOn Political Action Chief Communications Officer Joel Payne released the following statement:

“With this latest disrespect for the rule of law, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has again proven that he and Donald Trump are two sides of the same coin. It’s no wonder they share the same mega-donors and the same anti-abortion, anti-IVF, and anti-vaccine views, and why members of Kennedy Jr.’s own family won’t even vote for him. This will be a reminder for voters across the nation that while Kennedy Jr. may be sporting an Independent label, he is a facsimile of Trump and would be a similar disaster in the White House.”

Background on Kennedy Jr.’s Anti-Abortion, Anti-IVF Campaign Supported by Trump’s Largest Donor: 

  • Kennedy Jr.’s campaign is supported by Trump’s largest donor, in order to siphon support away from President Biden and hand the White House back to Trump. 
    • Racist billionaire Timothy Mellon contributed $20 million to Kennedy Jr.’s SuperPAC.
  • Kennedy Jr. is a dangerous conspiracy theorist who has supported a 15-week abortion ban and doesn’t believe we need any more gun safety measures to protect our communities.
  • Kennedy Jr. is running a failing campaign and needs to buy his way onto the ballot. He chose millionaire Nicole Shanahan as his VP, an anti-IVF conspiracy theorist who has donated millions to a Super PAC supporting Kennedy Jr.


MoveOn is celebrating 25 years of people-powered progress this year. For more than a generation, MoveOn has built independent political power and mobilized the left to elect Democrats and enact progressive change. MoveOn is a bulwark against the radical right, channeling our collective voices to drive progressive foreign policy, protect democracy, and advance justice for all.