Robert Kennedy's anti-vax Holocaust rant slammed by Hollywood wife Cheryl Hines

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Thanks to his recent comments invoking the Holocaust when protesting vaccine mandates at a rally in Washington, D.C., Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has found himself in hot water at home as well as in public.

Kennedy’s wife, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress Cheryl Hines, tweeted a rebuke of her husband’s decision Sunday to compare the Jewish genocide during World War II at the hands of the Nazis with mandates that people get inoculated against a highly-contagious and potentially-deadly disease.

“My husband's reference to Anne Frank at a mandate rally in D.C. was reprehensible and insensitive,” Hines tweeted on Tuesday. “The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything. His opinions are not a reflection of my own.”

The tweet was the second public statement by Hines since the incident. She tweeted on Monday, “My husband's opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues.”

Kennedy’s implication that Anne Frank was better off than Americans required to get vaccinated drew heavy backlash on social media. As a teenager, Frank hid in an attic to avoid discovery by the Nazis, who eventually found and murdered her.

“Even in Hitler Germany, you could, you could cross the Alps into Switzerland. You could hide in an attic, like Anne Frank did,” Kennedy said at the rally. “I visited, in 1962, East Germany with my father and met people who had climbed the wall and escaped, so it was possible. Many died, true, but it was possible.”

Kennedy would eventually issue an apology Tuesday via Twitter.

“I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors. My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry.”