April 3, 2024

Nicole Shanahan

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. chose Nicole Shanahan [last] Tuesday to be his vice presidential pick… Shanahan, 38, is a California lawyer and philanthropist who’s never held elected office. She leads Bia-Echo Foundation, an organization she founded to direct money toward issues including women’s reproductive science, criminal justice reform and environmental causes.” AP News

Both sides are critical of Kennedy and his running mate:

“Kennedy claimed his campaign is ‘a spoiler for the war machine. It’s a spoiler for Wall Street and Big Ag and Big Tech and Big Telecom and Big Pharma and the corporate-owned media and all the corrupt politicians and corporations.’ Even without the Shanahan alliance, this claim seems dubious. Far from attacking the war machine, Kennedy, very much in keeping with his family’s dubious history, is as big a pro-Israel hawk as Joe Biden…  

“Kennedy’s opposition to ‘Big Pharma’ has nothing to do with bringing down drug prices and is just a dog whistle for his advocacy of anti-vaxxing conspiracy theories. As for Big Tech, Shanahan is not a Joseph Kennedy–style crook who will rein in the other crooks but a pure manifestation of the class interests of Silicon Valley tycoons.”

Jeet Heer, The Nation

“If there was any doubt that Kennedy, a product of the most famous family in the history of the United States, still had an affinity for the far-left politics that his family has championed in recent decades, the choice of Shanahan to join his ticket should eliminate it all…  

“This is a woman who threw thousands of dollars behind President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign and has joined billionaire George Soros in backing radical district attorneys such as George Gascon, the district attorney of Los Angeles who has made a career out of letting criminals out of jail. This is not a ticket that any conservative should ever consider voting for.”

Jeremiah Poff, Washington Examiner

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