RFK Jr Responds After Being Denied Secret Service Protection

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. expressed his frustration towards the Biden administration for denying him Secret Service protection while on the upcoming 2024 presidential election campaign trail.
Kennedy, who considers himself a “major candidate,” had requested protection based on his perceived eligibility. However, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas sent Kennedy a letter, for the third time, stating that the Biden administration disagreed with his request.

In his letter, Mayorkas clarified his decision, stating, “After consulting with an advisory committee comprised of the House Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, the Senate Minority Leader, the Senate Majority Leader, and the Senate Sergeant at Arms, and considering the facts and recommendations provided, I have concluded that Secret Service protection for Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is currently deemed unnecessary.”

Expressing his disappointment, Kennedy took to social media and posted, “Denied Secret Service once again! This isn’t just about me. It’s yet another instance of the government being weaponized against Biden’s political adversaries. They are well aware that 30 cents of every campaign dollar is allocated to ensuring my safety.”

Additionally, he stated, “The Department of Homeland Security failed to provide an explanation for rejecting our application. According to the law, all ‘major candidates’ are entitled to protection. I am polling at 22 percent overall, and 40 percent among young voters, surpassing both Biden and Trump. While my perspective may be biased, it appears quite ‘major.'”

Numerous speculations have arisen regarding the reasons behind the rejection. Paul Szypula, reacting to the news, suggested, “Biden may be hesitant to grant Secret Service protection as it would inadvertently legitimize RFK’s campaign, posing a direct threat to Biden’s candidacy. This administration’s focus isn’t genuinely about ensuring the safety of Americans; it’s about maintaining control.”

Interestingly, Secret Service protection for “major candidates” and their spouses has been available since the assassination of Kennedy’s father on June 5, 1968, while campaigning in California. However, granting such protection is ultimately up to the Homeland Security Secretary.

Typically, significant candidates receive Secret Service protection for one year leading up to the election. However, the DHS Secretary can extend this protection if necessary.