A statement was issued by a campaign spokesperson in response to rumors that independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy once boarded the private aircraft of the notoriously convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
On Wednesday, Newsweek published an article stating that RFK Jr.’s identity was “among a number of high-profile people” previously identified by the publication as former passengers on the aircraft.
The aircraft has been derisively labeled the “Lolita Express” due to allegations that it was utilized to convey minors to Epstein’s estates.
A Kennedy spokesperson was cited by Newsweek as confirming that the candidate once boarded Epstein’s plane in 1993 to fly from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida, for Easter to visit RFK Jr.’s mother, Ethel Kennedy.
The trip was arranged by Kennedy’s then-wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, “who was friendly with Epstein’s partner at the time, Ghislaine Maxwell,” Newsweek reported.
“Mary, Kennedy’s wife, and two of their kids were on the flight,” the representative told the news outlet. “Mary knew Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, who learned that they were going to Palm Beach for Easter and offered their family a ride.”
In 2012, Mary Richardson Kennedy passed away. Kennedy is currently wed to Cheryl Hines, his present-day spouse.
Social media posts allegedly orchestrated by Mary Kennedy and Ghislaine Maxwell also discussed a second voyage aboard the Epstein aircraft, according to a separate report by Business and Politics Review.
The posts quoted from Whitney Webb’s 2022 book, “One Nation Under Blackmail, Vol. 2,” which said the other trip involved RFK Jr., Mary, and two of the Kennedy children and was an expedition to a fossil hunting site in South Dakota, “which [Kennedy] believed had been Ghislaine’s idea as Epstein had appeared to only have attended ‘grudgingly.’”
“‘On that trip, Kennedy remembered that Epstein ‘did not mingle with us and hardly spoke and did not participate in the fossil hunt.’”
On that trip, according to the book excerpt, “Epstein ‘clearly’ had a problem with Kennedy’s ‘rambunctious children’ and ‘half way back to New York, [Epstein] ordered the pilot to put down at Midway Field in Chicago. He got off the plane and made his own way home. A blonde was waiting for him at planeside in Chicago.
“Kennedy remembered that Ghislaine was ‘in silent tears’ after Epstein’s abrupt departure.”
Hi Lori. I really liked RFK Jr until I saw he was one of Epstein’s clients. Would love to hear more about that.
— MaryllLinsey (@MaryllLinsey) July 1, 2023
“The Epstein scandal also continues to be a talking point in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election,” Newsweek explained. It hastened to add that, “There is no suggestion that those who did fly on the jet were involved in any illegal activity.”
It is frequently stated by liberal media agencies that Epstein was a friend of Donald Trump and that the two had flown together. The Newsweek story for Wednesday was not an exception.
The story made a point of repeating the outlet’s claim that “records show Trump boarded Epstein’s plane, which allegedly flew underage girls to his properties, seven times.”
“In a flight log from June 1994, Trump’s name appears alongside ‘Marla’ — presumably his then-wife Marla Maples — his then-baby daughter Tiffany, and a nanny,” the 2021 story reported. Another flight log in 1995 listed Trump’s son Eric, then 11, as a passenger.
The Democratic frontrunner Bill Clinton was an apparent frequent passenger on the “Lolita Express,” but the publication neglected to mention that in this week’s article. However, in its 2021 article, the outlet did mention a number of notable passengers, including Trump, Clinton, and Prince Andrew.
In its mention of Trump’s alleged seven trips on Epstein’s plane, however, Newsweek hastened to add that he has “not been accused of any involvement in Epstein and Maxwell’s alleged crimes.”
According to the source, Trump ally Roger Stone referred to online rumors tying Trump to Epstein flights as a “smear,” indicating that such rumors are being spread by supporters of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is running against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.