At a press conference on Thursday, Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. took a question regarding antisemitic musician Roger Waters and his own overall position on Israel.
Independent podcast co-host Craig Pasta Jardula asked Kennedy: “A couple tweets were put up in support of Roger Waters and then taken down. You want to give us a little explanation of why they were taken down and also your stance on Israel and Palestine?”
Kennedy responded: “I made the tweet applauding Roger Waters’ courage in opposing the Covid mandates and the Ukraine war. I was unaware of his position on Israel. And when I learned that I immediately took it down.”
Then discussing his stance on Israel more broadly, Kennedy said: “I support Israel. My family has a long relationship with Israel and supporting its right to exist and its right to protect its security.”
Jardula followed up: “And the Palestinians?”
Kennedy replied: “And a humane outcome and a recognition ultimately of the aspirations of the Palestinian people is important for everybody.”
Kennedy, 69, is the nephew of the 35th president; his father, Robert F. Kennedy was a senator from New York, served as U.S. attorney general and ran for president in 1968 before he was assassinated in June of that year.