Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate, reportedly spread ludicrous COVID-19 conspiracy theories this week at a press conference in a restaurant on the Upper East Side.
He claimed the bug was a genetically engineered bioweapon that may have been “ethnically targeted” to spare Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese people.
“COVID-19. There is an argument that it is ethnically targeted. COVID-19 attacks certain races disproportionately. COVID-19 is targeted to attack Caucasians and black people. The people who are most immune are Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese.” Kennedy said.
“We don’t know whether it was deliberately targeted or not but there are papers out there that show the racial or ethnic differential and impact,” he continued.
During the Q&A section of dinner at Tony’s Di Napoli on East 63rd Street, Kennedy raised the notion.
There is growing agreement among US intelligence services that COVID-19 was created artificially and escaped from a facility in Wuhan, China; nevertheless, there is no proof that it was intended to spare certain racial or ethnic groups, and Kennedy provided no research to back up his statements.
Jewish groups criticized Kennedy for his comments.