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Why the Kennedys Are Suddenly Working to Destroy RFK Jr.’s Spoiler Bid

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s third-party bid gains traction, the extended Kennedy clan is poised to play a critical role in stopping him from helping to elect Donald Trump.

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Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in New York City on April 2

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign is expressing confidence that he’ll appear on the ballot in all the key swing states, inspiring fears among Democrats that he’ll boost Donald Trump. But now Kennedy faces a new foe: the Kennedy clan, which is taking urgent new steps to thwart his candidacy. We chatted with Jill Lawrence, a veteran journalist and author of a new piece for The Bulwark on this dynamic, who explains the remarkable role the Kennedys are poised to play in stopping RFK Jr. from serving as pro-Trump spoiler.