The Biden Administration has once again refused to provide independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. with protection from the U.S. Secret Service, which customarily provides security details to major candidates.
The decision — the third time the Biden Administration has rejected the Kennedy campaign’s request for protection — comes as RFK, Jr. has faced multiple security threats.
“Denied Secret Service again! It’s not just about me. It’s another example of weaponization of government against Biden’s political opponents. They know that 30¢ of every campaign dollar goes to keeping me safe,” said Kennedy on X.
Federal Law entitles all major presidential candidates to protection from the Secret Service, the law also takes into account credible threats against the candidate’s safety.
A major candidate is determined for independents as any candidate who has polled at 20 percent for thirty consecutive days.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has continually rejected Kennedy’s requests on the grounds that he does not qualify for Secret Service protection, despite some polls placing him within the definition of a major candidate.
“Based on the facts and the recommendation of the advisory committee, I have determined that Secret Service protection for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is not warranted at this time,” said DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a letter procured by Desert News.
Kennedy believes that the DHS’s refusal to grant him Secret Service security is politically motivated, and is an attempt to force him to spend money on security rather than campaigning.
In an October interview with Desert News, Kennedy said that he had spent nearly $2 million on security since his campaign began in April.
In September, a man was arrested at a Kennedy campaign event in Los Angeles, California.
The man impersonated a U.S. Marshal in an attempt to gain access to Kennedy with a gun; the man was arrested after being detained by Kennedy’s security detail.
In October, a man was arrested twice trying to break into Kennedy’s house while he was at home.
The intruder was initially arrested, released, and issued a restraining order. The same man returned to Kennedy’s home while out on parole, and tried to gain entry again when he was arrested a second time.
Kennedy’s father, Robert Kennedy Sr. was assassinated in 1968 while running for president; his uncle, Frmr. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.
Kennedy intends to submit a fourth application for Secret Service security.
Kennedy has campaigned on his strong opposition to the COVID vaccine and the extreme government overreach in its response to the virus.
He has written multiple books criticizing Dr. Anthony Fauci’s unethical medical practices and his handling of COVID.
He has also caused controversy by maintaining that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
His campaign as a whole was deemed the “Lie of the Year” by the liberal fact-checking outlet Politifact.