Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a prominent environmental lawyer and anti-vaccine activist, announced his independent presidential bid, abandoning his Democratic primary campaign for the 2024 election.

His candidacy adds complexity to a potential 2024 rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Kennedy, from a well-known Democratic family, holds better favorability ratings among Republicans than Democrats, prompting uncertainty about his impact on the general election.

Supporters gathered at Independence Mall in Philadelphia for the announcement, hinting at a potential campaign slogan: “Declare your independence.”

Kennedy appeals to voters outside traditional party lines, viewed as a truth teller and a non-politician by his supporters.

Some Trump supporters are considering a change and find Kennedy appealing due to concerns about the Republican Party's direction.

The announcement comes after progressive activist Cornel West abandoned his Green Party bid for an independent run, and the centrist group No Labels is actively seeking ballot access for an unnamed candidate.

Kennedy has criticized the DNC for alleged primary rigging and has threatened to explore alternative options during his campaign.

He has built connections with far-right figures, expressed strong anti-vaccine views, and currently has a lawsuit pending through his anti-vaccine organization, Children’s Health Defense.

Kennedy's candidacy and stance on vaccines have sparked debates and concerns about his potential role as a spoiler in the 2024 election.