Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the environmental activist-turned anti-vax propagandist, lost his Instagram and Facebook accounts in February. According to a report put out by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate, Kennedy’s 2021 deplatforming came after 2020 saw his accounts gain almost a million followers. He has retained his Twitter influence on over 260K followers. The CCDH estimates his yearly revenue from disinformation, pre-deplatforming, at almost 3M.
In September, Kennedy will give a keynote at a conference at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles. The church has seen its pandemic attendance skyrocket as it has defied California COVID restrictions. The conference is focused on braiding one of Kennedy’s core disinformation topics, the false relationship between vaccines and autism, with COVID contrarianism.
Billing for the event conflates the two issues, stating that both autism and COVID-19 are “medical, treatable, and preventable”, and that “we have been in a war since 1986: COVID-19 is the wakeup call.”
The “war since 1986” is a reference to a 2020 propaganda film by anti-vax superstar and disgraced former doctor Andrew Wakefield. “1986: The Act”, places the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act at the heart of a Big Pharma conspiracy to cover up the abuse of children through vaccinations.
Wakefield is also scheduled to appear at the conference, along with Del Bigtree, “Plandemic” star Judy Mikovits, and Sherri Tenpenny. Kennedy and Tenpenny are members of the “Disinformation Dozen”, tagged by the CCDH as being collectively responsible for up to 65% of all online anti-vax propaganda. Tenpenny makes money from online “boot camps” that teach participants how to become anti-vaccine propagandists.
A preview excerpt of Kennedy’s keynote, published to the conference homepage, frames this “war” as spiritual and apocalyptic, with him playing messianic leader:
We are in the last battle. This is the apocalypse. We are fighting for the salvation of humanity. We all…