An influential billionaire Democrat donor is now backing RFK Jr.’s call for more debate on COVID-19 vaccines.
Billionaire hedge fund investor Bill Ackman wrote in a lengthy Twitter post that “the experts, the government, and conventional wisdom are often wrong.”
“When you are part of the establishment, it is hard to challenge the conventional wisdom. You are incentivized not to. And when your economic livelihood can be threatened by an alternative point of view or a new innovation, you are less likely to believe it or its viability,” he said.
“Had we listened to the skeptics of our government’s approach to vaccination or extended lockdowns for all, rather than censoring them … many lives may have been saved with reduced negative long-term effects on the economy, the education of our children, and our citizens’ mental health,” he continued in another tweet.
Ackman shared a video of Tucker Carlson, writing that “[Kennedy] and others have raised important questions about the safety of some vaccines and have sought explanations for the dramatic increases in the incidence of childhood allergies, autism, and other health issues. These are good questions that have not been adequately answered.”
However, Ackman’s recent change of tune contrasts his comments in 2-21, saying that delaying COVID-19 shots for seniors “seems like genocide.”
Now the Democrat donor told CNBC that RFK Jr had been a catalyst for the change.
“I listened to RFK on several podcasts and a town hall and thought he raised important issues about vaccines and other issues that were worth learning more about,” Ackman said.
“I don’t feel like we’ve fully answered questions about the safety of all vaccines, particularly more recently approved vaccines, and our approach to determining their safety and efficacy.”
When asked in RFK should be president, he replied, “I don’t yet know, but I think he is asking important questions and raising interesting issues that are worthy of discussion and debate.”
Ackman would not commit to backing President Joe Biden in 2024.
“It depends on the alternatives at the time of the general election,” Ackman said.
“My strong preference is that he announces now that he won’t run to create a more open field for other candidates.”