Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has joined Rumble.
Rumble, the video-sharing platform (NASDAQ: RUM), announced today that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a Democratic candidate for President and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, will join the platform. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is the first U.S. Democratic presidential candidate to join Rumble in a growing lineup of some of the leading names in the 2024 Presidential Election.
Kennedy - one of President Joe Biden's top Democratic rivals for the 2024 presidential election - made the jump to Rumble after being censored by YouTube.
YouTube specifically censored a video that Kennedy posted of a lengthy interview he did with Jordan Peterson. The video can be found in its entirety here.
The interview was removed due to the discussion that Kennedy and Peterson had about COVID-19 vaccines. Kennedy has been labeled by the leftist mainstream media as a "fringe anti-vaccine activist," because he has challenged the left's COVID-19 vaccine narrative.
Kennedy, after the interview was taken down by Youtube, blasted the site for "blatant interference in the electoral process."
What do you think ... Should social media platforms censor presidential candidates? My conversation with @JordanBPeterson was deleted by @YouTube. Luckily you can watch it here on @Twitter (thank you @elonmusk). #Kennedy24https://t.co/PJFKWH6zmd
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) June 18, 2023
It was after this incident that Kennedy decided to join Rumble.
He released a statement, saying:
When I announced for the Presidency, I said that if you give me a piece of ground from which to fight, I will take back this country from these corporate powers that seek to divide us. Well, this is a piece of that ground – and I’m here now and I plan to use it.
Kennedy now joins a growing list of high-profile individuals who have left the censorship of YouTube for the free speech of Rumble.
The list includes numerous 2024 presidential candidates, such as former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), and business entrepreneur Vivek Rmaswamy.
"Rumble is the only company that held the line for free speech over the past few years, and we’re excited to allow all U.S. presidential candidates to share their message directly with the people," Rumble Chairman and CEO Chris Pavlovski said.
Biden is still comfortably leading the Democratic 2024 presidential primary field by nearly 50 percentage points.
Kennedy, though, has emerged as Biden's top Democratic opponent, and there are signs that Kennedy's popularity is growing as he continues to campaign.