Robert F Kennedy Jr compares childhood vaccinations to the holocaust

At the film screening on Tuesday.

Robert F Kennedy Jr sparked controversy Tuesday when he compared childhood vaccinations to a holocaust.

At a screening of the documentary Trace Amounts, the nephew of President John F Kennedy spoke out against a proposed bill in California which would make childhood immunizations mandatory – no matter what their parent’s personal beliefs on the vaccines.

The documentary purports that there is a connection between thimerosal – a chemical found in several childhood vaccines – and a rise in autism among American children – despite the majority of the scientific community dismissing any connection.

‘They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,’ Kennedy said of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the Crest Theater stage in Sacramento.

‘They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country,’ Kennedy added…

There would be a huge increase in deaths from preventable illnesses if not for vaccines.  (I would not use the phrase “Holocaust” as it implies a deliberate killing of people, and is not appropriate.)  I have followed this debate carefully and the anti-vaxxers are plain wrong.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Robert F Kennedy Jr. has always been a major league douche bag.

    He was/is a huge green energy weenie and wants wind farms everywhere, except where he lives and has vacation homes.

    His list of sanctimonious idiocies is almost endless.

    • Frau Katze

      His wife killed herself too. He had lots of women on the side (not that drives most women to suicide, but he seems an all-round creep).

      • Uncle_Waspy

        That family is cursed!

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Most curses eventually wear off in a generation or so, that family keeps renewing theirs it seems.

          • Martin B

            Arlington National Cemetery has been desecrated by Ted Kennedy’s rotting carcass. Someone should dig him up and drag him behind a truck to the nearest landfill. Maybe that would break the curse.

          • Xavier

            Wait another few years until he’s sober.

        • Xavier

          That family is a curse.

          • Reader

            David Miller paid him to speak about the environment and “green” causes during Miller’s 2003 mayoral election campaign.

            It was a long time ago but I think he was paid $25k for it.

        • MannieP

          Not cursed. Evil.

        • Good.

        • MRHapla

          No, we’re the cursed. The Kennedy Family is merely the manifestation of the infliction ,,,,,kinda like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

      • Dana Garcia

        Funny how these vile Kennedys think they are fonts of moral wisdom. RFK needs to STFU.

        Whenever I hear the crap from these anti-vaxxers, I remember the dozens of brave anti-polio activists who have been murdered by the Taliban in Pakistan.


      • He’s an all-round Kennedy.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      I prefer the term Fucking Idiot.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        Well, yeah, if you want to use the high-faultin’ clinical diagnosis.

  • Clink9

    “Three months later their brain is gone”.

    So that’s what happened to him.

    • Surele Surele

      Pity… one example of vaccination gone wrong: he is alive.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    I hear flipping your car off a bridge has adverse health effects too. Why does anybody listen to the Kennedys?!

    • mauser 98


      • Uncle_Waspy

        Teddy was a saint! He tried to save that girl by calling his attorney 8 hours later. Those evil Republicans have to put a negative spin on everything.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    The bigger question is, why does RFK Jr matter, in a question around vaccines?

    Thimerosal could be a factor in some people’s health problems (but so is gluten and cane sugar).

    But … isn’t this whole story just a demo of the essential rottenness of the “heir celeb” culture in the US?

    All serious questions around vaccines are technical. So one would expect people with relevant expertise to comment, not just a guy who continues to need his name in media.

    Here is an example: Canadians over 60 are nagged endlessly to get our flu shots. Good call. I did.

    But the rampant flu that locked down my dad’s old age home for now, six weeks running, wasn’t included in the vaccine (there is a limit to how many antivirals they can include and that one was a local surprise front runner).

    Sure. Bad call in the flu lottery. But so?

    Things might be far worse if MoH hadn’t given out any vaccine at all. What if 50 care centres were locked down instead of maybe one or two?

    What’s absent from all this is any clear idea of what we are trying to achieve.

    If parents cannot demonstrate that their children have been vaccinated against preventable illnesses, why is the school system expected to then just assume (compulsory) responsibility for them eight hours a day? Just wondering. Denyse O’Leary, Ottawa

    • Xavier

      He’s pandering for the elusive anti-vaxxer vote.

    • mauser 98

      “Thimerosal could be a factor in some people’s health problems” ??
      choice between Thimerosal, which is newspeak for Mercury Hg ,or sugar?

      get me a donut

      • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

        Mauser, diabetes – a common illness – means that a high level of sugar, ingested at once, is dangerous to a human being (as is a very low level of blood sugar). But some people can eat three chocolate bars one evening with no serious effects. My point is simply that how serious a problem is depends on the person.

        • mauser 98

          yes ,, correct….. see response to Xavier &
          Osumashi Kinyobe

    • Xavier

      Thimerosal is the preservative currently used in the multi-dose flu vaccine vials. The single dose syringes – normally reserved for pregnant women – do not contain Thimerosal. (I’m allergic and have to get the single)

      And – not to hijack the thread, but what would the world look like if the anti-vaxxers prevailed? If we stopped all vaccinations today, how many children would die?

      • mauser 98

        not that vaccines are bad, just some chemicals in them and quantity given.

        “40 doses of 16 different vaccines by 5 years of age, most before 1 year
        of age, cannot be harmless. Shots contain measurable and significant
        amounts of 63 different chemicals, viruses, bacterial cell walls, animal
        DNA and stealth viruses that can alter the injected person’s DNA. “http://tenpennyimc.com/2011/05.

        • Minicapt

          Dihydrogen oxide is a better known killer.


          • mauser 98

            peas & carrots too
            as the comedian said” it’s all in the timing”

  • Martin B

    “They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it”

    Does this lying scumbag have any accountability for what comes out of his mouth?

  • mauser 98

    some informed, most learned accredited professionals disagree.
    subject should be discussed not dismissed

    “In 1976, children received 10 vaccines before attending school. Today, they will receive over 36 injections”

    “In 1983, before the autism epidemic
    began, children received 10 vaccinations before attending school and the
    autism incidence was 1 in 10,000. Today, they are receiving 24 vaccines
    before 1 year and 36 by the time they attend school and the autism rate
    is now 1 in 150 births.”


      • mauser 98

        “40 doses of 16 different vaccines by 5 years of age, most before 1 year
        of age, cannot be harmless. Shots contain measurable and significant
        amounts of 63 different chemicals, viruses, bacterial cell walls, animal
        DNA and stealth viruses that can alter the injected person’s DNA. ”


        • Where is the evidence that vaccines cause autism?

          • mauser 98

            “40 doses of 16 different vaccines by 5 years of age”
            ..one might err on the side of caution

          • Which is why childhood vaccines are a must.

            Billions of living children can’t be wrong.

          • mauser 98

            now millions more with Autism
            New CDC Study Shows Average Autism Prevalence Up 23% From 2009 Study

          • Consider that the autism spectrum is broad and consider age of the mother (which may be a factor).

          • mauser 98

            OK great……… you can not consider chemicals in vaccines? may be a factor?

          • You mean the miniscule amount of mercury used to stablise the vaccine that gets excreted out?

            You probably ingest more mercury eating fish.

          • mauser 98

            OK …and i am not zero to 5 years old

            “40 doses of 16 different vaccines by 5 years of age, most before 1 year
            of age, cannot be harmless. Shots contain measurable and significant
            amounts of 63 different chemicals, viruses, bacterial cell walls, animal
            DNA and stealth viruses that can alter the injected person’s DNA. ”


          • Is anyone on this site an epidemiologist?

    • Clink9

      The average age of women having babies is probably 10 years older than in 1976. Rotten eggs maybe?

      • mauser 98

        old age causes autism?

        • Clink9

          Just makin’ up stuff like RFK.

          • mauser 98

            couldn’t be chemicals

          • Clink9

            What ev. My family is OK with it. Everyone else can do what they want.

      • Age may be a factor.

        • mauser 98

          Age may a be a factor and 63 chemicals could not?

          • Where is that evidence?

          • mauser 98

            you tell me ,,, chemicals can not be cause of autism? impossible?

            yes prove a negative

          • You cannot prove that childhood vaccines cause autism.

            If you can prove that chemicals cause autism, go at it.

          • mauser 98

            OK.. we will stick with women over 30 giving birth

            mercury , aluminum zilch

          • Can you prove that these cause autism or that they are present in sufficient amounts in vaccines to cause them? Also, explain away the kids who get these vaccines and don’t have autism.

            If we stopped administering childhood vaccines on baseless fears, the child mortality rate would resemble nineteenth century death rates. Who wants to go back to that?

          • mauser 98

            no i can not prove it.
            what is causing sky rocketing autism cases?
            many parents say onset occurs right after injections

          • Because autism usually presents itself when one is a toddler.

          • mauser 98

            a toddler needs 40 injections?

          • Obviously not.

          • mauser 98

            “A CDC senior epidemiologist stepped forward last week to say that he and
            his CDC colleagues omitted data that linked MMR vaccine to autism in a
            2004 study. The scientist, William Thompson, said “I regret that my
            coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information.””

            But he acknowledged the prospect that vaccines might rarely trigger autism.

            “I guess, that,
            that is a possibility,” said DeStefano. “It’s hard to predict who those
            children might be, but certainly, individual cases can be studied to
            look at those possibilities.”


          • And this:


            How many children don’t have autism but were vaccinated?

          • mauser 98

            The Pertussis Vaccine Lists Autism and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome as Serious Adverse Events on the Package Insert

          • Another thing people cannot put their finger on.

          • mauser 98

            vaccines are from 200 years of science.. yes they work
            there are some cases of extreme number of shots, ingredients other stuff that should be questioned.

          • Most of which occur in childhood for incredibly communicable diseases.

          • mauser 98

            and this study

            Research suggesting MERCURY in vaccines may be good for you! 23 seconds


          • A minute amount of mercury is in the vaccine to stabilise it. It is excreted out. I don’t know why that is an issue.

          • mauser 98

            child 5 years of age or less gets 40 injections with “A minute amount of mercury” is OK with you


          • Seeing as this mercury gets excreted out, no, I don’t have a problem with vaccinations that help kids not die.

          • mauser 98

            you said age may be a factor


          • That is a running theory.

          • mauser 98

            age?? maybe global warming too
            anything but 40 injections and chemicals

          • The odds of having a child with Down Syndrome increases with the mother’s age.

            Medicines are also chemicals.

            Let’s not give kids any Tylenol for fever.

          • mauser 98

            autism soaring regardless of mothers age
            not all vaccines are bad . maybe amount and frequency may contribute to this.

          • What is the average age of mothers who have autistic children? What are the races (yes, that may be a factor, too)?
            What benefit is served by eliminating childhood vaccines because they might, off-chance, maybe, cause autism?

          • mauser 98

            A CDC senior epidemiologist

            immunization safety director says it’s a “possibility” that vaccines
            rarely trigger autism but “it’s hard to predict who those children might

            But I mean doesn’t that, is—isn’t that a “link”? It’s not a “causal”
            link, but isn’t that a potential link between vaccination and autism if
            certain children with a “underyling biological illness” can have a
            “trigger” through vaccination?

            [Unintell] as you call it, a secondary link if you wanna call it that
            way, w– in certain children, I mean ri—I mean, I, maybe that, but, you
            know, then I guess, that, that is a possibility.


          • Or some children are more prone to this because of their genes.

  • MannieP

    Can he become a Good Kennedy, now?

  • BillyHW

    I have Lefty friends who think it’s Right-Wingers that are anti-vaccines. I know there are some Libertarians just don’t think it should be forced, but most of them are pro-vaccination. Most anti-vaxxers are on the hippie/vegan Left.

  • (head in hands)

  • cmh

    he’s showing the trauma he has experienced from all the tragic deaths in his life

  • Allan

    What a complete and utter moron.

  • Edubeat

    Are RFK Jr. and Justine II both peas in a pod. It sure looks like it. Too much money and too much time on their hands,

  • Minicapt

    The Kennedy family peaked with Joe Senior.


    • ntt1

      Joe senior was a very nasty piece of work. as ambassador he played tootsie with hitler and the irish republicans both. he was recalled by the Americans after numerous complaints.

  • lgeubank

    This guy’s mind is a child’s garden of misinformation. He seems to fall for every quack theory and every charlatan that comes along — on the leftish side, anyway.

    That’s what happens when you grown up wealthy, and never have to work or think while young. It’s hard to pick up the habit later.

  • Canadian

    Any inbreeding, in the Kennedy Clan?

  • MRHapla

    “‘They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,’ Kennedy said”

    Then WTH is the Big Guvmint FDA doing?

    And why were your whoremongering Uncles, Dad such liberal proponents of vaccines to the 3rd/4th world shhttholes that currently hate us, but still want that sweet sweet foreign aid????

    Kennedys are opportunistic political parasites, taking any side of an issue that will kiss their azzes the most.

  • Clausewitz

    Just when you thought Teddy was the idiot of the whole clan, this douche nozzle popped up.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I am a HUGE fan of demanding we allow crazy stupid people to be crazy and stupid. I am vaccinated, my kids are. These people should be free to do whatever they want up to and including dying from preventable diseases that are cheaply and easily fixed. It’s a self correcting problem in the longer run.