Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife, Cheryl Hines, has criticized President Joe Biden for not offering them Secret Service protection following two incidents of home intrusion in a single day in Los Angeles.
In an interview with TMZ Live on Friday, the 58-year-old actress expressed her opinion that the lack of Secret Service protection for her husband—running as an Independent candidate for the 2024 presidential election—seems to be politically motivated.
“I’m being careful about my words because you know, I respect President Biden and the administration and at the same time, it feels like it’s a political strategy,” the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” actress told the outlet.
Hines recalled noticing a suspicious person in the yard, who was apprehended by their private security team while she was using Instagram Live at the family’s Brentwood home in the morning.
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The scary incident highlights the importance of ensuring Secret Service protection for her husband, Hines argued.
Protection which has already been denied twice by Homeland Security under the Biden administration.
Hines indicated that this decision implies that the administration is not acknowledging Kennedy’s candidacy.
“If they do give Bobby protection, then they are acknowledging that he’s running as a political candidate,” she told TMZ.
During an interview with Fox News Digital, Kennedy supported his wife’s viewpoint, describing the decision as a “political” move by an opponent.
According to the independent presidential hopeful, the trespasser has sent him 435 emails within a three-month period, including a recent one threatening him with harm.
Jonathan Macht, the individual who broke into Kennedy’s residence on Wednesday, had been previously identified as a risk in a Secret Service assessment conducted in June, as part of Kennedy’s request for protection.
Despite the Secret Service determining that Kennedy was at an elevated risk months ago, the Department of Homeland Security has rejected his requests for protection on both occasions, according to Kennedy.
Last week Macht was arrested after climbing a fence to gain access to the Brentwood property, ultimately reaching the second floor of the residence before being detained by Kennedy’s private security.
Following his release from police custody, he once again attempted to enter Kennedy’s property in an effort to see and speak with the candidate.
He was subsequently arrested for violating the court order and trespassing.
Macht wasn’t the first person to go after Kennedy, this year. In September, 44-year-old Adrian Paul Aispuro was taken into custody after going to a campaign event.
Aispuro showed up in a U.S. marshal’s uniform and attempted to pass himself off as a member of Kennedy’s security team.
He said that the man was armed with “two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and a backpack with additional magazines and a knife and a number of other weapons.”
Kennedy also noted that his protection was able to tell that Aispuro was a fraud because the badge on his uniform was “shinier, and it tipped them off that it may not be right.”
“Team members moved to isolate and detain the man until the LAPD arrived to make the arrest,” he announced on Instagram.
Kennedy told Fox News that the Biden administration’s choice to deny him official Secret Service protection was “clearly a political decision,” and that he found “the politicization of our law enforcement agencies” worrying.
“It is disturbing — the apparent weaponization of the Secret Service while Biden provides protection to his family members and political allies,” he remarked.
“And then he denies it to political rivals,” Kennedy called out Biden. “It is not good optics for the world of exemplary democracy.”
It also hits home for the independent, who lost both his father and uncle to politically motivated violence.
Robert F. Kennedy, his father, was assassinated during his 1968 presidential run.
Just five years after President John F. Kennedy, his uncle, was gunned down during his first term in the White House.
“I’m not sure what it’s going to take,” Hines said about the events. “So, it’s hard. It’s really disappointing.”
“They know what’s happening and they know what has been happening,” she said about the Biden administration. “I can’t believe that they are not responding.”