Elon Musk hosts anti-vax 2024 candidate Robert F Kennedy Jr on Twitter Spaces after disastrous DeSantis event

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis launched his campaign via Twitter Space in May

Ariana Baio
Monday 05 June 2023 11:30 EDT

Ron DeSantis’s 2024 presidential campaign ad features Elon Musk

Elon Musk is set to host a Twitter Spaces event with 2024 presidential candidate, and outspoken anti-vaccine advocate, Robert F Kennedy Jr – just weeks after Ron DeSantis launched his campaign using the feature.

Mr Kennedy is set to speak with Mr Musk and David Sacks on 5 June at 2pm ET in an event poised to be similar to Mr DeSantis’.

“Set a reminder for my upcoming Spaces with Elon Musk and moderator David Sacks!” Mr Kennedy tweeted on Sunday (4 June) with a link to the event.

The Spaces event comes on the tail of Mr DeSantis’ technologically glitchy event filled with awkward pauses and sudden crashes, which Mr Sacks attributed to a high volume of listeners.

Mr Musk received some criticism for hosting Mr DeSantis on the platform as many believed it to be an endorsement of the Florida governor’s campaign. However, he clarified that he would welcome any 2024 presidential candidate to Twitter Spaces.

Now, Mr Kennedy, the nephew of president John F Kennedy and son of Robert F Kennedy, will be the next candidate to join Mr Musk and Mr Sacks in a conversation.

Joining the conversation will be former Democrat presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard, entrepreneur Balaji Srinivasan, entrepreneur Omeed Malik, author Michael Shellenberger and professional surfer Kelly Slater.

It’s likely the group will ask questions that allow Mr Kennedy to speak to his views as he pursues the White House. Mr Kennedy asked his Twitter followers to ask him questions that he could answer during the Twitter Spaces.

So far, Mr Kennedy has launched his campaign advocating for the separation of large corporations and government bodies, promoting environmental policies that reduce the impact of climate change and promoting individual liberties among other things.

But Mr Kennedy is most well-known for his longtime advocacy against vaccines. He’s promoted false claims about vaccines linked to autism and compared vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany.

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Kennedy pushed conspiracy theories and false information about Covid-19 and vaccines. on his social media account, as a result, his Instagram account was banned.

However, on Sunday (4 June) Mr Kennedy’s Instagram account was reinstated.

Recent polling from YouGov shows Mr Kennedy at a 12 per cent favorability among Democrat candidates while President Joe Biden is at 62 per cent.

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