RFK Jr. Running Mate Says Khanna’s Call For Her To Step Down Is ‘Anti-Democratic’

The Atlantic reports:

Nicole Shanahan, independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s running mate, called Rep. Ro Khanna’s (D-Calif.) open letter asking her to step down ‘anti-democratic’ in a social media post Tuesday.

Shanahan, a Silicon Valley attorney, said the California progressive has flipped his stance after initially encouraging her to run in conversations between the two.

“In my conversation with Ro he congratulated me on the position and encouraged me to run, stating that every American has the right to run in this country,” Shanahan wrote Tuesday on the social platform X. “He stated that we live in a democracy, and it was wrong for anyone to threaten me against running.” 

“Clearly, Ro has changed his stance based on pressure from the party,” she continued. “I hope he understands how anti-democratic it is to ask someone to step down from a race that empowers the American public to make their own decisions.”  

“I am very disappointed that he has been pressured into issuing this letter to me publicly. He could have called me privately. He has my direct line.”

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