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Kennedy campaign reiterates demand for Secret Service protection

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign is reiterating its demand that the Biden administration provide him with Secret Service protection, after a gunman attempted to enter a Kennedy campaign event last Friday.

As Breitbart News reported last week, an armed man was arrested outside a Kennedy event with Los Angeles’ Hispanic community after trying to enter under false pretenses. According to the Kennedy campaign, the man posed as a US Marshal.

“The man was carrying a fully loaded weapon and was accompanied by a second individual who was carrying additional weapons and ammunition. He was intercepted by a private security guard before he could harm anyone, and arrested by the LAPD,” campaign manager Dennis Kucinich recalled Monday.

In an open letter to President Joe Biden on Monday, Kucinich reiterated the campaign’s demand that Kennedy receive Secret Service protection:

The threat level to our candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., increases every day. He’s not the only one in danger: anyone who attends a campaign event is in danger. A specter of violence haunts our political process. Indeed, political assassinations constitute a serious threat to democracy. It is not difficult to imagine the civil chaos and political disintegration that could result from a return of the type of assassinations of public officials and presidential candidates that marked the 1960s.

It is astonishing that under such circumstances you would deny Secret Service coverage to Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who polled more than 20 percent in the first five primary states and whose net approval rating exceeds both yours and that of Donald Trump.

Although it is a well-known historical fact, in your case it bears repeating: Mr. Kennedy’s uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Mr. Kennedy’s father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated while running for president.

In July, the Biden administration rejected the Kennedy campaign’s initial request for Secret Service protection. Such protection is generally granted to official party presidential nominees, but may also be granted earlier on a discretionary basis.

Joel B. Pollak is a senior editor at Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadalie, You Are Out of Service.” He is also the author of the recent e-book Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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