June 9, 2023

Democrat Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign got a boost Tuesday night from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. 

Rodgers wrote ‘#kennedy2024’ and included two bicep and two heart emojis on an Instagram story, sharing a reel promoting an upcoming podcast interview with Kennedy, a prominent anti-vaxxer. 

Last week, Kennedy – the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of Robert F. Kennedy – announced he planned to run against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination. Kennedy will make a campaign kick-off speech next Wednesday in Boston.

Rodgers’ interest in Kennedy as a candidate is unsurprising.  

In the athletic world, Rodgers made headlines with his own vaccine skepticism, claiming before the 2021 NFL season that he was ‘immunized,’ before a bout of COVID-19 revealed he had never received the COVID vaccines. 

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (left) indicated on Instagram Tuesday night that he supported the presidential bid of prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (right) 

Rodgers wrote '#kennedy2024' and included bicep and heart emojis as he shared a promo reel for a sit-down Kennedy did with podcaster Aubrey Marcus, another vaccine skeptic

Rodgers wrote ‘#kennedy2024’ and included bicep and heart emojis as he shared a promo reel for a sit-down Kennedy did with podcaster Aubrey Marcus, another vaccine skeptic 

‘You know, there’s a lot of conversation around it, around the league, and a lot of guys who have made statements and not made statements, owners who have made statements,’ Rodgers said when asked about his vaccination status in August 2021, playing coy. 

‘There’s guys on the team that haven’t been vaccinated. I think it’s a personal decision. I’m not going to judge those guys,’ Rodgers continued. ‘There are guys that’ve been vaccinated that have contracted COVID. It’s an interesting issue that I think we’re going to see played out the entire season.’ 

He later revealed that he hadn’t gotten his jabs because he was allergic to one of the ingredients used to make the vaccines.  

But after his season wrapped, Rodgers became more publicly anti-vaxx. 

He was also openly critical of Biden.  

In January 2022, Rodgers lashed out at ‘this fake White House’ for suggesting the coronavirus pandemic was a pandemic of the unvaccinated. 

‘When the president of the United States says, ‘This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated,’ it’s because him and his constituents, which, I don’t know how there are any if you watch any of his attempts at public speaking, but I guess he got 81 million votes. But when you say stuff like that, and then you have the CDC, which, how do you even trust them, but then they come out and talk about 75% of the COVID deaths have at least four comorbidities. And you still have this fake White House set saying that this is the pandemic of the unvaccinated, that’s not helping the conversation,’ Rodgers said in an interview with ESPN.

On Tuesday night, Rodgers shared a promo for his friend Aubrey Marcus’ podcast interview with Kennedy. 

Marcus is also a vaccine skeptic and sat down with Kennedy before the Democrat announced his presidential bid.

‘I believe he’s going to continue to continue the legacy of his uncle, John F. Kennedy, and his father Robert Kennedy, and we talk about that a bit on this podcast,’ Marcus said in the clip Rodgers shared. 

Biden has yet to be asked his opinion on Kennedy launching a presidential bid. 

Biden did, however, call Kennedy’s mother Ethel, when he was on board Air Force One traveling to Ireland earlier this week, to wish her a happy 95th birthday.

Self-help guru Marianne Williamson is also running in the Democratic primary race.