Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic presidential candidate, received a huge boost to his campaign. Eric Clapton, legendary guitarist, has raised $1 million for his 2024 presidential campaign. It appears that Clapton agrees with Kennedy’s pessimism about vaccines.
The 78-year-old English musician Clapton played a benefit show in Brentwood, California, on September 18. Money donated during the event will be split between Kennedy’s campaign and a super PAC in his favor, for a total of $2.2 million. Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s Stephen Stills was also in attendance.
Kennedy, an author and environmental lawyer, is now ranking second among the Democrats’ three presidential prospects, behind President Joe Biden by more than six-in-ten likely Democrat voters. The battle is far from over, though, as there is still over a year until the election and many liberals are growing concerned about Biden’s mental and physical ability. Kennedy is in a strong position to take over as leader if the current one is forced to step down.
Although Kennedy is a Democrat and the scion of one of the most famous political dynasties in the party, he is extremely far outside of the Democratic establishment. In particular, he is strongly against government-mandated vaccination programs. In addition to the recent controversy over the 2020 pandemic, he has also rehashed the debunked assertions that vaccines cause autism, which were originally advanced by the disgraced British researcher Andrew Wakefield. Kennedy is often labeled a conspiracy theorist by his fellow Democrats.
Like Kennedy, Clapton has occasionally stirred up controversy, such as when he spoke out vehemently against government overreach during the pandemic and when he lauded the late British Conservative politician Enoch Powell, who warned against mass immigration in the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps this was the inspiration for his decision to lend Kennedy’s campaign his musical skills.