The right’s elevation of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. could backfire in a number of ways. For one, Kennedy Jr. has been quite vocal in his criticism of the Trump administration for its rollback of environmental regulations, anti-vaccine stance, and its general disregard for science-based policy. This could lead members of the right who have been critical of the Trump administration to turn against Kennedy Jr. Additionally, Kennedy Jr.’s reputation for controversial beliefs, which includes his emphasis on conspiracy theories could draw ire from those on the right who are more traditional conservatives. This could cause many members of the right to distance themselves from Kennedy Jr. and the organizations he is affiliated with. Finally, Kennedy Jr.’s strong support for progressive causes could make him a target of the Republican Party, who might see Kennedy Jr. as a threat to their chances of taking back the White House in 2020.
Ultimately, the elevation of Robert F. Kennedy Jr could backfire if members of the right view his views as too extreme or if his controversial beliefs hurt his reputation with traditional conservatives. Kennedy Jr. could be a powerful ally in pushing for progressive causes, but it could also come at a cost if members of the right oppose his message or reject his methods.