RFK Jr. Is On The Ballot In California Thanks To A Right-Wing Political Party | EUROtoday

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Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. introduced this week that he’ll seem on the 2024 poll in California because of an help from the previously segregationist-supporting American Independent Party.

The information means Kennedy’s title can be on the poll within the state with essentially the most Electoral College votes, whilst the previous Democrat struggles for poll entry in all 50 states.

The American Independent Party has lengthy been related to racists.

AIP was based in California in 1968 and selected as its presidential nominee that yr Alabama segregationist George Wallace — a political enemy of Kennedy’s father, U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated whereas operating for president in opposition to Wallace. In the years since, AIP’s poll line has featured former President Donald Trump and archconservative Alan Keyes.

In a five-minute YouTube video, Kennedy stated AIP approached him about serving to him get poll entry in California. Kennedy claimed the celebration has modified within the years because it nominated Wallace for president. In the video, Kennedy calls Wallace “a bigoted segregation supporter who was antithetical to everything my father believed in.”

“Ironically,” Kennedy says, “the American Independence Party [sic] was George Wallace’s old party, but it’s had its own rebirth, even before I came along. It’s been reborn as a party that represents not bigotry and hatred, but rather compassion and unity and idealism and common sense.”

“When they learned about my candidacy, they had just drafted a new charter for their reborn party, where they could use their ballot line for good, for helping independent candidates to unite America, without being blocked by the two-party duopoly,” he goes on.

AIP now describes itself as a house for “refugees” from the Democratic and Republican events. However, its trendy platform is extra aligned with the best in its help for gun rights, safe borders and restricted authorities.

In 2016, an AIP chief acknowledged the celebration’s racist founding, however stated the celebration is not segregationist, having advanced into a bunch that champions particular person rights and states’ rights — and now, third-party candidates.

“The American Independent Party connects positive, visionary, and independent candidates with California voters,” stated Victor Marani, AIP’s state chairman, after the celebration nominated Kennedy and his operating mate, Silicon Valley lawyer Nicole Shanahan, over the weekend.

Kennedy has mounted a multimillion-dollar battle for poll entry — the largest hurdle for third-party campaigns — however to this point has solely succeeded in California, Michigan and Utah. AIP is the most important third celebration in California, with 825,000 registered voters out of some 22 million statewide.

Kennedy’s alliance with AIP possible received’t do a lot to quell recent issues on the best that the notorious anti-vaxxer’s candidacy is perhaps a spoiler for Trump, who ran on each the AIP and Republican Party strains in California in 2016.