Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warned that an “ugly precedent” had been set following the draconian COVID restrictions.
RFK Jr told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” that external forces could push for restrictive globalized responses to “the next pandemic.”
“Those efforts are already being made. But I’m not as worried about the [World Health Organization] as I am about our own government because we’ve now established a precedent in this country — they suspended the First Amendment: religion; freedom of association when they did the lockdowns,” RFK Jr said.
“[They restricted] freedom of speech. They banned jury trials against vaccine companies – that’s [a violation of] the Seventh Amendment,” he added.
“They abolished property rights [which violates the] Fifth Amendment [when] they closed 3.3 million businesses with no due process, no just compensation, although there was no pandemic exception in the United States Constitution…,” he continued.
Kennedy also highlighted that the Bill of Rights has never been more threatened than at this time in history.
As Fox News noted:
In states like Pennsylvania, New York, California, New Jersey, and North Carolina, liberal Democratic governors forcibly shuttered businesses and in the case of the Keystone State, established lists of “life-sustaining” and “non-life-sustaining” businesses in order to regulate such closures.
“So now we have this very, very ugly precedent, Laura – the government has withdrawn those mandates now, but they have not said ‘we’re never going to do it again’ — And there’s a whole pipeline of new emergencies, whether it’s terrorism or all these new diseases,” Kennedy said.
He also warned that a precedent has been set, meaning the Government can declare, “Oh, it’s an emergency – the Constitution is now suspended,” aluuding to COVID restrictions.
Kennedy also pointed to Abraham Lincoln, who regionally suspended habeas corpus because slaveholding states surrounded the Union Government.
While Virginia was part of the Confederacy, Maryland never seceded, but secessionist sentiment ran high there. Lincoln’s eventual assassin, Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth, hailed from Bel Air, Md, Fox notes.
Kennedy explained that Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger Taney issued his ‘ex parte Merryman’ writ, challenging Lincoln’s ability to do so.
Kennedy said Lincoln wanted to tackle pro-Confederate “agent-provocateurs” traveling to Union cities, highlighting that future leaders should not be able to suspend the law either.
“The Constitution was written for hard times, and we need to restore that,” Kennedy said.
“There’s no excuse for suspending our Constitution. There certainly is not a pandemic exception in the Constitution.”
Ingraham asked if Kennedy would consider serving in a Republican administration.
Kennedy said he “would think about that” because he could do “a lot of good for the country” in the Department of Health & Human Services.