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Why Is It Funny That RFK Jr. Had A Literal Brain Worm? The Jokes And Memes Mocking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Explained

Last week, the New York Times reported that longshot 70-year-old presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., whose pitch to voters is that he has more virility compared to aging frontrunners Joe Biden and Donald Trump, once admitted to having a parasitic brain worm that ate a chunk of his brain and died.

For most of social media, this was hilarious news, and not just because of users' feelings towards Kennedy as a political candidate. Instead, it had to do with a long-running meme on political Twitter about none other than brain worms.

Hbomberguy @Hbomberguy Then why vote for him? VF VANITY FAIR @VanityFair · 12h RFK Jr.'s campaign says the worm that ate part of his brain will not affect his ability to serve as president. vntyfr.com/K7PMNab • 10:23 PM ⚫ May 8, 2024 198.2K Views ...

What Is The 'Brain Worm' Meme?

In political Twitter parlance, "brain worms" is used as an insult to describe an addled politician or pundit. Generally, it's used to describe someone who adheres so strongly to their concept of reality that they lose touch with the world around them (see also: "pundit brain," "extremely online," etc.).

The term may have been coined by Dasha Nekrasova of Red Scare in an Infowars interview in 2018.


However, until RFK Jr., no one accused of having brain worms was actually confirmed to have had brain worms. And for many, the announcement made a lot of sense.

How Has Social Media Reacted To RFK Jr. Having A Brain Worm?

First off, it's important to note that, by Kennedy's admission, he was diagnosed with a brain worm in 2010. He did this during a 2012 divorce deposition that was uncovered by the Times last week.

Kennedy also is an… off-beat Presidential candidate, even by modern standards. He is well known politically for his anti-vaccination rhetoric and activism, which did exist before he was diagnosed with a parasitic brain worm but intensified around 2015 and was a hot topic of discussion during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Andrew Nadeau @TheAndrewNadeau This is incredible because he's like the only person in the world where if you find out a worm ate part of his brain instead of being horrified you go, "oooh, yeah that explains a lot then". R.F.K. Jr. Says Doctors Found a Dead Worm in His Brain The presidential candidate has faced previously undisclosed health issues, including a parasite that he said ate part of his brain. • 12:01 PM May 8, 2024 402.1K Views ...

Furthermore, it appeared to greatly hinder Kennedy's pitch to voters as the "youthful" and "capable" alternative to the Democratic and Republican frontrunners for President, despite Kennedy's assurance that a worm eating a chunk of his brain would have no detrimental side effects on his ability to run the country.

Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt ••• "The worm that ate part of my brain will not affect my ability to serve as president" is the kind of dynamic campaign slogan that's gonna seal the deal for ol' Brainworm Bobby! VF VANITY FAIR @VanityFair. 12h RFK Jr.'s campaign says the worm that ate part of his brain will not affect his ability to serve as president. vntyfr.com/K7PMNab 7:16 PM ⚫ May 8, 2024 576.8K Views

As it stands, there is hardly any chance Kennedy will become President and may not even see a debate stage, which simply makes the brain worm another bizarre factoid about what has been a bizarre Presidential run so far.

For the full history of RFK Jr.'s brain worm, be sure to check out Know Your Meme's encyclopedia entry for more information.

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