Ayahuasca, Abortion And Brain Worms At An RFK Jr. Rally In Colorado | EUROtoday

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AURORA, Colo. — RFK Jr.’s supporters haven’t any concern in anyway a few worm that (allegedly) ate a piece of their presidential hopeful’s mind a dozen or so years in the past.

At an overflowing rally Sunday in a refurbished warehouse within the Denver suburbs, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s mind worm didn’t make a lot of an look, regardless of dominating the headlines after the revelation in regards to the long-shot candidate just some weeks prior. Instead, the rally highlighted the identical points which have helped Kennedy flip heads amongst Trump’s extra conspiratorial supporters.

A sprinkle of T-shirts all through the just about fully white crowd implored others to “Buy Bitcoin.” People sporting septum rings and hats with the slogan “Make Earth Great Again” mingled whereas a band performed “Fortunate Son” onstage with no trace of irony.

In conversations with HuffPost, enthusiastic attendees readily employed buzzwords from the activist lawyer’s books to clarify their assist. Phrases like “big pharma,” “forever wars” and “the chronic disease epidemic” have been interspersed with jabs at Anthony Fauci and gripes about “toxins” in our meals and water inflicting a litany of issues.

“Fundamentally I think the problem is that our political system has become calcified and a two-party system,” stated Evan, a 29-year-old in software program gross sales who declined to share his final title.

“There’s too much corporate capture,” he continued. “So you end up voting on mostly superfluous issues because the foundational bedrock of a two-party system is that they’re both owned and bought by the same aristocracy.”

When requested, none expressed a lick of consternation about Bobby’s mind parasite. Several hadn’t heard the information and stated they would wish to do their very own analysis. But the impact of political ear worms — memorable if usually vaguely outlined phrases — was obvious.

Notably absent was any speak about points which are at the moment dogging Trump-era Republicans — particularly abortion. None of the Kennedy supporters who spoke with HuffPost talked about abortion on their very own, but all stated they have been very involved about it when prompted. All had broadly completely different takes. (This could clarify RFK’s personal inconsistencies on the matter.)

Ivery, a Black man who needed to solely be recognized by his first title, felt strongly that abortion must be banned six weeks after conception.

Others, like 66-year-old Kathryn Gebhardt, strongly disagreed. “Nobody’s over my body,” she stated.

Another attendee, Pat Henry, informed HuffPost she thought the problem must be “left to the states” to resolve, echoing Donald Trump’s personal spin on the problem.

A 69-year-old retired engineer named Wayne Young declined to share his ideas fully, calling it a “lose/lose subject” and a “wedge issue” that “causes dissension and friction.”

Kennedy speaks during a voter rally at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado on May 19, 2024.
Kennedy speaks throughout a voter rally at The Hangar at Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado on May 19, 2024.

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Others had extra distinctive pet causes. Stephen Freas, a 47-year-old who informed HuffPost he’s at the moment homeless and unemployed, hoped Kennedy would expedite the discharge of knowledge in regards to the assassination of his uncle.

“If Kennedy wins, he should have the authority to release the JFK files, which I think would be super awesome,” he stated. Freas added that Kennedy’s pledge to finish “endless wars” was additionally a motivating think about his assist.

Another attendee — a Republican who voted for Trump in 2020 and requested to stay nameless — simply needed to listen to from a candidate who’s “not a Trump asslicker.”

Judging from the applause traces throughout Kennedy’s speech, Sunday’s crowd skewed extra anti-Biden than anti-Trump. But it’s unclear how a lot of a Biden spoiler Kennedy would possibly really be within the state, ought to he make the poll: Of the 11 individuals who spoke with HuffPost, solely two voted for Biden in 2020. Two others (one Republican and one Democrat) voted for Trump. The relaxation voted for Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen or wrote in their very own names.

One of the Biden voters, an Afghanistan fight veteran turned psychedelic therapist named Mark Cunningham, stated he admired RFK’s “open-mindedness and humility,” together with about his son’s use of Ayahuasca to course of the loss of life of his mom.

“All of our politicians should be required to have a date with Ayahuasca,” he stated, laughing.

Kennedy’s entourage included former Pussycat Dolls member Jessica Sutta, a self-described “vaccine injury advocate” who informed the gang she was “severely injured” by Moderna’s COVID vaccine. “We need to get that off the market,” she informed the viewers.

Team Kennedy communications director Del Bigtree, a outstanding anti-vaccine conspiracist, launched the candidate whereas slamming the COVID vaccine for having “made a mutant virus” and blaming Biden for COVID coverage selections that had really occurred underneath Trump.

Kennedy himself took the stage two hours late, a delay crucial to permit the unexpectedly giant crowd to filter via safety. He supplied no specifics on abortion, weapons or defending the border, mainstays of the Trump and Biden campaigns that he dismissed as “mainly culture war issues.”

Instead, the candidate zeroed in on the funds deficit and defending rights already enshrined within the U.S. Constitution, like free speech, all whereas laying out a technique to the November poll that runs via the CNN presidential debate on June 27.

The marketing campaign is now engaged in an all-out dash to earn a spot on the controversy stage. CNN has supplied him a podium if he can each 1) ballot above 15% in 4 high-quality nationwide polls and a pair of) earn a spot on the poll in sufficient states to theoretically win 270 electoral votes.

Kennedy claimed with out proof Sunday to have already secured poll entry in states that would grant him a possible 201 electoral votes, with sufficient signatures for 343 by June 20, the final day to qualify. He’s additionally polled at 16% in two polls, with two extra remaining.