This week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Biden for refusing to provide Secret Service protection to his top challenger for the Democratic Party’s 2024 nomination — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — after a man showed up at one of his campaign events with a loaded gun.
Notably, RFK Jr. is the son of former senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of U.S. president John F. Kennedy, both of whom were assassinated.
Cruz made his comments during an episode of his “Verdict” podcast, telling his co-host Ben Ferguson, “The reason I believe the Biden administration hasn’t granted [Secret Service protection] is because if they did, it legitimizes [RFK Jr.].”
“This isn’t a Left or Right issue. The Biden administration should give Robert Kennedy Jr. a security detail, now,” Cruz said. “Given his tragic family history, both his father and uncle were horrifically assassinated, and this latest serious security incident, Biden shouldn’t mess around.”
“In this instance, you’ve got RFK Jr., number one, you’ve got his unique personal story,” he later added. “His father was murdered while running for President of the United States. Bobby Kennedy was murdered as a candidate for the Democratic nominee for president and before that his uncle, John F. Kennedy, was murdered while being President of the United States. Given that history and given that people are just nuts.”
Cruz explained that it was a “no-brainer” to provide Secret Service protection to RFK Jr. if he wanted it.
“And the reason I believe the Biden administration hasn’t granted it is because if they did, it legitimizes him, they would have to say he’s a major candidate and the approach of the Biden White House is, RFK who? We never heard of him,” Cruz said. “Nope, nope. Nobody running. Nobody in the Democrat primary, doesn’t exist. This is a coronation — Joe’s down in the basement. And I think it is purely political.”
“Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, this ought to be an easy choice. And the Biden White House ought to get their political heads out of their rear ends and do the right thing,” he added.