In an exclusive report, the New York Post revealed entries from a secret diary kept by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in which he railed against civil rights leaders Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as doing more harm than good for the black community, while also slamming New York’s current governor.
Kennedy got to know Sharpton and Jackson after serving a month in a Puerto Rican jail in July 2001 for trespassing on a naval base used at that time as a bombing range.
In an entry from that period, Kennedy claimed both men gave him the “creeps” and referred to Sharpton as a “buffoon,” the Post reported.
“Al Sharpton has done more damage to the black cause than [segregationist Alabama Gov.] George Wallace. He has suffocated the decent black leaders in New York,” he wrote. “His transparent venal blackmail and extortion schemes taint all black leadership.”
Kennedy said Jesse Jackson has “a desperate and destructive addiction to publicity,” and “I feel like with Jesse, it’s all about Jesse.”
As an example, Kennedy wrote that when Jackson attended labor leader Cesar Chavez’s funeral, he shoved “Cesar’s friends and family out of the way to make himself lead pall bearer.”
Jackson’s associations also made Kennedy ill at ease.
“His love affair with [Nation of Islam leader] Louis Farrakhan and his Jewish xenophobia are also unforgivable,” Kennedy added. “I feel dirty around him, and I feel like I’m being used.”
Kennedy was also critical of his brother-in-law, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sought Kennedy’s advice when considering his run for office.
“Andrew could win because he is totally focused and energetic,” Kennedy wrote in the diary. “He could lose because he lacks humanity and doesn’t love people. He is not a retail politician.”
Writing of the journal itself, the Post noted:
Kennedy recorded the thoughts in a bombshell diary from 2001, a copy of which was reviewed by The Post. The fat, red book, covered with bumper stickers shouting liberal slogans, bluntly reveals the scion’s true feelings about some of the most important political figures of our time, including family members such Cuomo, fellow Democrats and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
The Post reported that Kennedy responded to the its publication of the diary entries in an email:
The New York Post has chosen to print excerpts from a 13-year-old diary illegally stolen from me.
The diary served as a tool for self-examination and for dealing with my spiritual struggles at the time. It also contains unedited, unfiltered stream-of-consciousness musings about current events and people.
Nothing in that diary was ever meant for publication. I have nothing but respect for Governor Cuomo, Rev. Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, all of whom have distinguished themselves as extraordinary national leaders over the past decade.
Kennedy also recorded his observations of former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and described his own personal demons.