Former 007 Pierce Brosnan enraged social media users when he appeared to throw his support behind controversial Democratic presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The outrage began after Kennedy tweeted a photo of himself and the 70-year-old actor on X, the social media platform that went by Twitter until Elon Musk renamed it.
“Two Irishmen at the Kennedy for President fundraiser on Point Dume last night,” RFK Jr. posted on Thursday afternoon.
Despite his Irish origin, the Tomorrow Never Dies star became a U.S. citizen in 2004.
Two Irishmen at the Kennedy for President fundraiser on Point Dume last night. #PierceBrosnan
Image credit: Sammy Sarzoza pic.twitter.com/to1sA0aWIq
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) September 21, 2023
“I found a new life and identity in America – and I want to vote for John Kerry – but my heart and soul will be forever Irish,” he said after receiving his citizenship in Los Angeles courtroom, ahead of Kerry’s loss to former President George W. Bush the same year.
The post went viral with 1.3 million views and over 1,200 comments, many of which blasted the Die Another Day star for associating with the noted conspiracy theorist.
“Bond as a traitor.. disappointed,” someone replied.
“Looks like Pierce Bronson got canceled,” another wrote.
“This is unfortunate,” somebody tweeted. “I thought he was a good guy.”
“I always knew there was something off about Brosnan,” another chimed in.
“He was my least favorite Bond anyway,” one hater concluded.
Kennedy is hoping to take down President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary, but has turned off plenty of liberals with his anti-vaccination stance and conspiracy theories.
According to NPR, Kennedy was labeled as one of the “top spreaders” of vaccine misinformation on social media during the pandemic.
He was booted off of Facebook and Instagram in 2021, which he claimed spurred his run for office.
“My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign and throughout my presidency will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism on our country,” Kennedy said when he announced his candidacy in April.
He has also touted an array of conspiracy theories including that Wi-Fi is the cause of cancer, water treatment chemicals are behind the emergence of transgenderism, and anti-depressants fuel school shootings.
While Kennedy may be trying to get on the Democratic ticket, his positions on immigration and foreign policy have endeared him to conservative voters.
The environmental lawyer said he would “seal the [U.S.-Mexico] border permanently” and blames the United States for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine through “deliberate provocations” of the country that go back decades.
Despite the amount of hate Kennedy’s photo with Brosnan received, supporters were thrilled about the actor’s support.
“James Bond has your back and that’s pretty cool,” one fan replied to the post.
“That’s cool. All the good people of Hollywood should grow a spine and rally behind you,” another suggested.
“Did he order a martini shaken, not stirred?” someone joked.
“Brosnan looks like he just stepped out of an ad for an expensive scotch,” a fan noted.
“I see. 007 was sent to ensure RFK Jr doesn’t have to deal with another assassination attempt,” one X user remarked.
The comment was a response to Kennedy’s fury that he does not have a Secret Service detail, which he blamed the Biden administration for.
“Since the assassination of my father in 1968, candidates for president are provided Secret Service protection. But not me,” he tweeted at the end of July.
“Typical turnaround time for pro forma protection requests from presidential candidates is 14-days,” he detailed.
“After 88-days of no response and after several follow-ups by our campaign, the Biden Administration just denied our request.”
His father Democratic nominee Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968. Congress changed the law to allow Secret Service protection for major candidates, but the organization’s website states that the active period begins within 120 days of a general presidential election.