ABC News edited anti-vax comments made by Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. out of an interview that aired Thursday night. 

Kennedy officially launched his longshot presidential bid last week from Boston, taking on Democratic President Joe Biden

The son of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy is an environmental lawyer but for more than a decade has also become one of the country’s most prominent anti-vaxxers – falsely linking jabs to autism. 

‘We should note that during our conversation, Kennedy made false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines,’ anchor Linsey Davis said when the interview aired. ‘We’ve used our editorial judgment in not including extended portions of that exchange in our interview.’ 

‘Data shows that the COVID-19 vaccine has prevented millions of hospitalizations and deaths from the disease,’ Davis continued. ‘He also made misleading claims about the relationship between vaccination and autism.’

ABC News edited anti-vaxx comments made by Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. out of an interview that aired Thursday night

ABC News edited anti-vaxx comments made by Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. out of an interview that aired Thursday night

ABC News edited anti-vaxx comments made by Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. out of an interview that aired Thursday night

The anchor then pointed to the research that shows that vaccines and the ingredients in vaccines are not what’s causing autism in children, noting multiple studies that involve more than a million pediatric patients that are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Autism Speaks.

Despite Kennedy’s controversial viewpoints, a Fox News Channel poll released Wednesday showed the Democratic hopeful earning 19 percent of the Democratic primary vote. 

Another 9 percent said they’d vote for self-help guru Marianne Williamson, who also ran for the Democratic nomination in 2020. 

Biden – who made his reelection bid official on Tuesday – received 62 percent from Democratic primary voters, the poll found. 

Biden officially announced he was running for reelection on Tuesday. On Wednesday a Fox News Channel poll found that 62 percent from Democratic primary voters, 19 percent were behind Kennedy and 9 percent liked Marianne Williamson

Biden officially announced he was running for reelection on Tuesday. On Wednesday a Fox News Channel poll found that 62 percent from Democratic primary voters, 19 percent were behind Kennedy and 9 percent liked Marianne Williamson

Biden officially announced he was running for reelection on Tuesday. On Wednesday a Fox News Channel poll found that 62 percent from Democratic primary voters, 19 percent were behind Kennedy and 9 percent liked Marianne Williamson

The Democratic National Committee is not expected to sponsor primary debates against Biden, which is typical when an incumbent in the White House is running.  

In fact, Biden is spending Friday evening raising money for the DNC. 

Kennedy isn’t the first member of his family to challenge a sitting president. 

The late Sen. Ted Kennedy took on President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980. 

Carter was plagued by low approval ratings and a sluggish economy. 

Biden’s approval rating, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average, sits at 42.9 percent.  

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