Friday, February 16, 2024

RFK Jr. Statement On Who Gets Secret Service Protection: "Double standards abound"


Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

On Friday, Republican Presidential Candidate Nikki Haley received  Secret Service protection, while Independent Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has been denied multiple times by the Biden administration and the recently impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

This treatment is a severe departure from a precedent set when his father, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated while running for President in 1968. Every candidate since then has received protection after it was requested, and the Biden administration did not follow that here.

Candidates do have to meet thresholds of fundraising and polling, essentially to show seriousness of their bids, and Kennedy no doubt hits both as a general election candidate.

Kennedy took to X (@RobertKennedyJr) to deliver this statement on Friday evening: 

A congressional advisory committee just voted in favor of granting Nikky Haley Secret Service protection. While I'm happy she'll be protected and publicly supported her request, double standards abound.

My campaign first requested Secret Service protection in May 2023 with a 63 page declaration. We still have a current request pending. My request is the first time in 55 years a candidate has ever been denied. The Biden administration is the sole outlier to turn down a request for Secret Service coverage.

Polling is one of the criteria used to determine whether to approve Secret Service or not. Nikki Haley's polling is a fraction of mine. 

According to a NYT/Siena poll, I average 24% in the battleground states. A recent NBC poll shows 34% of Americans could see themselves voting for me. Polling indicates right now that ~50M Americans would vote for me. The will of the people is being thwarted by blatant corruption from Secretary Mayorkas and the Biden Administration.

The Bush administration afforded Barack Obama Secret Service protection 551 days before the election. President Obama provided protection to President Trump early; President Trump provided protection to President Biden early - even though they were political adversaries.

Refusing me Secret Service protection is a way to drain my campaign funds and stop the movement we're building together. They want us out of the race by any means necessary. This is blatant election interference.

Let me be clear: I have immense respect for the Secret Service. This corruption is coming from much higher up.

As many saw on Judicial Watch this week, documents were published that show Secretary Mayorkas and his cronies deliberately refusing my campaign Secret Service - after credible threats and packets of evidence were submitted. Unfortunately, most of the documents were redacted. What do Mayorkas and his buddies have to hide?

Unfortunately for the establishment and those who skulk around in back rooms, I'm not going anywhere. Our movement is growing stronger and our coalition is building. I am more steadfast than ever about winning in November. If you give me a sword and some ground to stand on, I will give you your country back.

In the interest of transparency, I'm sharing one of out previous requests  from October 2023:


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