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On January 12, Presidential Candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a campaign rally at the Raleigh Marriott at Crab Tree Valley. It started with the attendees watching a video of RFK Jr. at the southern border discussing the crisis there with issues such as human trafficking and the wall not being completed. After it ended, people were warmed up by shouting his name, “Bobby” and were then directed to watch a video of him reflecting his father’s legacy while his past father was giving a speech. The film then showed him at a rally in Philadelphia last October announcing his third-party candidacy as an independent from the Democratic Party. After the video, the crowd warmed up again to shout his name “Bobby” and he went on the stage to give his campaign speech.
He started by thanking his volunteers and talked about a recent Gallup poll showing him ten points ahead of Presidents Biden and Trump amongst independent voters. He then spoke about North Carolina by reflecting on how he was born in neighboring Virginia and came here as a litigator practicing environmental law. While he was talking about his past experience, he was then interrupted by a pro-Palestine heckler who was escorted out and Kennedy resumed his speech. He spoke about Smithfield taking over the hog farming industry in the state and putting hundreds of small hog farmers out of business, leading China to eventually owning a majority of the hog production in the state. He would then emphasize that he would protect our environment, “If we want to meet our obligation as a generation, as a civilization, as a nation, which is to create communities for our children and provide them with the same opportunities for dignity and enrichment and prosperity and good health as the communities our parents gave us, we’ve got to start by protecting our environmental infrastructure. “
He also pledged as a candidate for president to help our military veterans, foster a better education system, stop the cartels from dictating our border policy, and fight the chronic disease epidemic. He then spoke about how the U.S. is involved in over 800 wars and the necessity of being able to protect our nation and arm ourselves to the teeth at home and protect our sea lanes for trade. “We don’t need to spend 1.3 trillion dollars to do that.” In his speech, he also talked about taking on state corporate power such as the FDA and NIH, and his record as an attorney representing the families of East Palestine, Ohio.
Furthermore, he pledged to protect the First Amendment by pardoning Julian Assange and signing an executive order that would stop federal agencies such as the FBI from colluding with social media companies to censor political speech. “I know I can do it, you give me a sword and some ground to stand on and I’m going to take your country back for you.” He then urged attendees to sign the petition to put him on the ballot and he would need 15 million dollars to do it. He provided news that he outraised Presidents Trump and Biden in small contributions. He ended his speech by offering attendees to take pictures with him individually with many lining up to do so. Afterwards, I asked an attendee why she supported RFK Jr. for president and she replied, “I am voting for Bobby Kennedy to stop the corporate corruption occurring in our country, we need our agencies to be free, but instead they are run by the corporations that they are supposed to protect us from.”