Representative Joseph Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert Kennedy and rising star in the Democratic Party, had no problem calling out his Republican colleagues when making an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night talk show.
When the conversation turned to President Donald Trump’s use of Twitter, Kimmel asked if Republican members of Congress privately react with concern and incredulity when the president uses the social networking platform to communicate. Kennedy responded, “Yes. Yes. Yes, of course they do.”
Given Kimmel’s liberal leanings over the past year or so, it was not terribly surprising that his audience responded with laughter, cheers, and applause in hearing this.
Kennedy is in his third term as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. This year, he will likely be reelected once again.
Many in the Democratic Party believe that Kennedy is destined for greater things. While he declined this year to run for governor of Massachusetts, the state he is from and where he represents its 4th congressional district, there still may be greater opportunities available for him to pursue in the near future.
At just 37 years of age, Kennedy is incredibly young for somebody with so much experience. Earlier this year, his party’s leaders gave him the responsibility of providing the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. His televised speech was generally well liked by liberals.
It does not hurt that Kennedy comes from perhaps the most important and powerful family in American history when it comes to politics.
Given that a gubernatorial campaign, or a run for the U.S. Senate, seems likely for Kennedy in the future, it is important for him to continue raising his profile. Appearing likable on television while aggressively engaging in combat with President Trump and his Republican colleagues is certainly one way to do that.