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RFK Jr. 'sorry' for Anne Frank reference at rally

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After being met with widespread criticism for comparing vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday apologized for his remarks.

A vocal vaccine opponent, Kennedy – who is the son of the slain U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy – said this at anti-vax rally in Washington on Sunday:

“Even in Hitler’s Germany you could cross the Alps into Switzerland, you could hide in an attic like Anne Frank did.”

On Tuesday, Kennedy – who was removed from YouTube and Instagram last year for spreading vaccine misinformation - tweeted, "I apologize for my reference to Anne Frank, especially to families that suffered the Holocaust horrors. My intention was to use examples of past barbarism to show the perils from new technologies of control. To the extent my remarks caused hurt, I am truly and deeply sorry."

His response came one day after even his own wife, actress Cheryl Hines, took issue with his remarks.

Best known for her role as Larry David’s ex-wife on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, Hines was asked by a Twitter user if she stood by her husband.

She responded (quote), “My husband’s opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues.”

And on Tuesday she went further, saying her husband’s remarks on Anne Frank were, “reprehensible and insensitive. The atrocities that millions endured during the Holocaust should never be compared to anyone or anything….”

Anne Frank, whose story was detailed in a diary published after her death in 1945 at a German concentration camp, hid from the Nazis in an attic for two years in Amsterdam, not in Germany or Switzerland, as Kennedy’s remarks referenced.

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