June 15, 2024

Tech Bros and Wall Street Billionaires Indulge Anti-Vaxxer RFK Jr

  • Silicon Valley and Wall Street stars are taking on Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign.
  • Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, SPAC king Chamath Palihapitiya, and hedge fund legend Bill Ackman have all expressed support.
  • RFK Jr. has said that autism is caused by vaccines – and the White House recently criticized him for sharing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and Wall Street can’t get enough of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who made the White House just last week for sharing “vile” anti-Semitic COVID conspiracy theory..

Supporters of the presidential candidate – a member of the Kennedy family who believes that the CIA killed his uncle and vaccines cause autism in children – includes Twitter co-founder and legendary hedge-fund manager a billions made tank betting stocks during the pandemic.

Here is a list of high-profile supporters of RFK, Jr., who are currently voting in their mid-teens for the Democratic nomination, against the Five Thirty Eight:

  • Billionaire investor and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management Bill Ackman – who else has endorsed JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon running for higher office – repeatedly endorsed Kennedy on Twitter and gave $3,300 to his campaign in the second quarter, according to a Federal Election Commission filing.
  • Fisher Investments founder Ken Fisher donated $6,600, per the same filing.
  • Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey told the “Breaking Points” podcast. last month that he was backing Kennedy, he said he is “not afraid to explore somewhat controversial and up-and-coming topics”.
  • Mark Gorton, who created LimeWire and now runs the algorithmic trading firm Tower Research Group, told CNBC in May that over $1 million donated to Kennedy’s anti-vax nonprofitChild Health Protection.
  • “SPAC king” Chamath Palihapitiya and PayPal founder executive David Sacks hosting a fundraiser for Kennedy last month. “The Establishment and [main stream media] you will paint all kinds of labels on him so that you don’t give him a chance,” Palihapitiya said later.

Some continued to stand by Kennedy after he suggested during a press conference last week that he had COVID-19 genetic engineering to spare Ashkenazi Jewish and Chinese people. (He then denied that those comments were “ethnically directed”).

Ackman briefly criticized the controversial candidate – then claimed that “quickly jump to a conclusion based on a headline” and shared a Tweet where Kennedy said he was condemning “ethnically targeted bioweapons”, without spreading anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

This is not the first time that parts of Wall Street and Silicon Valley have supported an anti-establishment firebrand.

In both 2016 and 2020, big names like venture capitalists Peter Thiel and Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump. See how that turned out.

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