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RFK Jr. says trans frogs prove chemicals in the water are turning kids trans

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. thinks that chemicals in the water supply are turning kids trans. The Democratic presidential hopeful’s crackpot theory, involving male frogs turning into “viable females,” is literally right out of Jurassic Park.

On a recent episode of anti-trans media figure Jordan Peterson’s Daily Wire podcast, Kennedy blamed “huge levels of depression and despair” in kids on “chemical exposure.”

“I think a lot of the problems we see in kids, and particularly boys, it’s probably underappreciated how much of that is coming from chemical exposures, including a lot of sexual dysphoria that we’re seeing,” Kennedy claimed. “They’re swimming through a soup of toxic chemicals today. And many of those are endocrine disruptors.”

Kennedy, who is known for his anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, went on to repeat another conspiracy theory made famous by Alex Jones.

“There’s atrazine throughout our water supply,” Kennedy claimed. “If you, in a lab, put atrazine in a tank full of frogs, it will chemically castrate and forcibly feminize every frog in there. And 10 percent of the frogs, the male frogs, will turn into fully viable females able to produce viable eggs. If it’s doing that to frogs, there’s a lot of other evidence that it’s doing it to human beings as well.”

As Newsweek notes, a 2010 University of California, Berkeley, study found that “atrazine exposure is highly correlated…with low sperm count, poor semen quality, and impaired fertility in humans.” However, Kennedy cited no specific evidence for his claim that the chemical herbicide is turning human males into females.

On Sunday, Kennedy tweeted that YouTube had removed the video of his conversation with Peterson from its site. The presidential candidate, who launched his bid for the 2024 Democratic nomination in April, accused the platform of “blatant interference in the electoral process.”

Twitter users were quick to ridicule Kennedy’s absurd claim.

“Let’s say I buy this stupid f***ing crazy ass argument for one second,” one user tweeted. “If the chemicals were in the water, then, wouldn’t we all be transgender? Or does the chemical trip a gene in certain peoples bodies and only a few….oh f**k this shit. I just can’t make up crazy like these a**holes.”

“Ok GOP ban water!” another posted.

Yet another noted that Kennedy seemed to be cribbing Alex Jones’ crazy.

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