His anti-vax crusade is paved in gold.
Robert Kennedy Jr., who opposes vaccines of all types, has pocketed nearly half a million dollars a year from the charities he leads and stands to earn millions more from his best -seller, Anthony Fauci, the tsar of the pandemic.
His biggest payout came from the anti-vax organization Children’s Health Defence, which paid him $345,561 as president in 2020 – an increase of more than $90,000 from 2019, according to the latest tax filings. of the group.
This after the 68-year-old lawyer and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy got paid nothing in 2016 when he joined the Georgia-based nonprofit, which campaigns aggressively against vaccinating children against COVID-19 and other diseases.
He also won $116,683 in 2019 as president of the Riverkeeper Alliance, the environmental charity he founded in 1999 that aims to clean up the Hudson and whose board he chairs. That’s down from his $226,000 salary in 2018, according to the band’s latest feedback.
But those numbers could be dwarfed by the massive gains of “The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health,” in which Kennedy criticizes the infectious disease expert for allegedly committing “a historic coup. State against Western democracy.
The rant is generating millions in revenue, selling nearly 390,000 hardback copies at $32.50 each, according to NPD BookScan, plus 185,000 e-books and 142,000 audiobooks since its Nov. 17 release, said Tony Lyons, who runs Skyhorse Publishing Inc., the publisher of the book. Skyhorse has just ordered 150,000 additional copies.
Authors typically receive 20-30% royalties on hardback sales, which would translate to a windfall of $2.5-3.8 million for Kennedy, plus additional money from any early sales and e-books, but it’s unclear how much the author earned. .
Whatever his total take, the square-jawed scion is giving his part to Children’s Health Defense, according to Rita Shreffler, a spokeswoman for the team, speaking on Kennedy’s behalf.
Kennedy has long been opposed to vaccines and has publicly lobbied against their use in children – a controversial stance that got him kicked off Instagram and in trouble with his wife, actress Cheryl Hines.
“It is criminal medical malpractice to give a child one of these vaccines,” he said at an anti-vax event in California last year. (Kennedy said he became interested in the topic in 2005 after a mother told him her son had contracted autism from mercury in a vaccine, a claim scientists have denied.)
Hines said she was appalled by a speech he gave last week at the Lincoln Memorial, where Kennedy implied those who oppose vaccines are persecuted more harshly than Anne Frank, the German teenager who hid from the Nazis in Amsterdam before being sent to her death. in Auschwitz.
“Even in Hitler’s Germany you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did,” he said. “Today the mechanisms are in place to ensure that none of us can run and none of us can hide.”
Kennedy was criticized for the comparison by Hines, his third wife, who stars in “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
“My husband’s reference to Anne Frank at a DC Warrant rally was reprehensible and insensitive,” Hines wrote on Twitter. It was also torn apart by members of the Kennedy family.
Kennedy has since apologized in a tweet to his more than 400,000 Twitter followers.
Last year he was named one of the “Disinformation Dozen” by the Center for Countering Digital Hate, a British non-profit organization that tracks conspiracy theories and disinformation around the world.