Kennedy & Anthony’s Shared Message
- Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is attempting to reestablish his family’s presence in the political world by opposing President Joe Biden in the Democratic primary.
- Country-folk artist Oliver Anthony, born Christopher Anthony Lunsford, gained attention with his hit “Rich Men North of Richmond.” This song critiques powerful individuals in Washington, D.C.
- RFK Jr. identifies with the working-class sentiment of Anthony’s track. It gained significant attention during a GOP presidential debate and remained at No. 1 for two weeks.
GOP Debate Controversy
- The song was featured prominently during the GOP debate, earning praise from RFK Jr., adding an extraordinary song — raw, yet intelligent; defiant, yet compassionate,”
- However, Anthony disapproved of the song’s use, clarifying that it targets both Democrats and Republicans.
- RFK Jr. criticized the debate’s lack of focus on pertinent issues, stating that candidates neglected pressing topics like wages, housing, and systemic corruption.
Anthony’s Post-Debate Response
- After his song was co-opted for political purposes during the debate, Anthony publicly criticized its use for such means.
- Following this incident, the song’s ranking dropped from its No. 1 position.