Mark Figley: Secret Service should protect Kennedy Jr.

America has never been the same since the horrific assassination of John F. Kennedy on what was an otherwise bright and sunny day in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The fall of Camelot over 60 years ago is still felt across the nation today as questions linger about what role the CIA played in the killing and who was really behind the act.

JFK’s brother, Bobby, would be shot down a mere five years later in his quest for the presidency. Many questions similarly exist in that case, leading some to wonder whether a rush to judgment occurred in its investigation.

Fast forward to 2024 and the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., nephew to JFK and son of RFK.

On Sept. 15, 2023, Kennedy spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month event at Los Angeles’ Wilshire Ebell Theatre. This was where Adrian Aispuro, a man impersonating a U.S. marshall and armed with a loaded gun, attempted to approach him.

When Kennedy’s security team didn’t recognize the suspect as part of its detail, the LAPD was contacted, and Aispuro was arrested. FBI agents were also unexplainedly present at the scene.

This was not an isolated incident, since at least two subsequent occurrences involving an intruder took place at Kennedy’s home. Yet a local prosecutor saw fit to only charge Aispuro with misdemeanors, while the Biden administration has consistently denied Kennedy’s request for Secret Service protection.

Aispuro was then released on an unthinkable $10,000 bond. He is charged in California with carrying a loaded firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and impersonating an officer. Meanwhile, the Biden Justice Department has mysteriously failed to charge Aispuro with impersonating a federal officer, a crime punishable by up to three years in prison.

For his part, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who isn’t merely happy with screwing up America’s southern border with Mexico, has denied at least three requests by Kennedy for Secret Service aid.

Could it be that caring Joe Biden is sending a message that he doesn’t take kindly to Kennedy wanting his job after Jr. initially entered the presidential race as a Democrat, then later announced that he would run as an independent? Is Biden truly this petty and vindictive in employing a seemingly no-holds-barred strategy to win re-election?

It certainly appears so, especially when the White House refuses to comment on the matter, and an ever-dutiful and obedient media absolutely ignores the subject.

Regardless of one’s political persuasion, the sad history of the Kennedy family should be free of partisanship and the further threat of political violence. In a sensible and compassionate world, it is indefensible to deny RFK Jr. the Secret Service protection his presidential campaign deserves.

This is undeniable to most everyone with the exception of a president apparently determined to win a second term at any cost; even with the potential risk to an opponent with a sacred family history in the Democratic Party.

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News.