Although he is polling far behind President Joe Biden and it appears that the two candidates will not have an opportunity to debate during the primary season, Democratic White House hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is nonetheless scoring some political points against his incumbent rival.
In a recent interview with Fox News Channel personality Jesse Watters, he accused Biden of failing to listen to the concerns of ordinary voters, opting instead to give the donor class all of his attention.
“I don’t think it’s good for the American people and I don’t think it’s good for the Democratic Party if the only people he has to talk to win this election are his donors,” he said.
Kennedy went on to stress the importance of “talking to the American people,” complaining that the president remains insulated from the problems of his constituents and continues “living in that bubble” while campaigning for another term.
“It is important for our political leadership to have a dialogue and have engagement,” he added. “Not just me, but with the public.”
Taking a thinly veiled shot at Biden’s physical and mental health, Kennedy said: “If he feels that he is up to that, then he should debate me.”
The 80-year-old president has sparked skepticism from both sides of the aisle about his ability to serve four more years in the White House. He has tripped and fallen on multiple occasions and his public addresses often devolve into an unintelligible mess.
Kennedy’s latest remarks about Biden were not entirely negative. At one point in the interview, he described the president as someone of “strong character,” but Watters soon shot back with a recent example that seemed to disprove that notion.
Not only did Biden initially respond to a devastating wildfire on the Hawaiian island of Maui with a curt “no comment,” but when he finally made a trip to the scene he attempted to compare the massive loss of life and property to a minor kitchen fire at his home nearly two decades ago.
Biden tells Maui wildfire victims, "I don't want to compare difficulties, but…" then tells a made up story about losing his house to a fire.
According to a 2004 AP report, it was “a small fire…contained to the kitchen” that “was under control in 20 minutes.” pic.twitter.com/DNY0Tyatg7
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“To make a long story short, I almost lost my wife, my ’67 Corvette and my cat,” he told a group of wildfire victims earlier this month.