Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Faces Backlash For Photo Alleged To Be Barbecued Dog

It seems like this year’s presidential election is going to be dogged with discomfiting stories involving canines.

First, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) became a pariah after she admitted that she once killed a puppy named Cricket for being “untrainable,” in a book that was meant to hype her as a potential vice president for Donald Trump, no less.

On Tuesday, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. seemed to metaphorically say “hold my beer” after a Vanity Fair profile revealed that the independent presidential candidate texted a photo last year to a friend that showed him and an unidentified woman about to bite into what appears to be a barbecued dog.

The person Kennedy was texting was traveling to Asia, and the presidential candidate suggested they might enjoy a restaurant in Korea that served dog on the menu.

Vanity Fair said the photo’s metadata shows it was taken in 2010, the same year that Kennedy was diagnosed with a parasitic worm in his brain.

HuffPost reached out to the Kennedy campaign for comment, but no one immediately responded.

Responding to the article in an interview on “Breaking Points” Tuesday, Kennedy called the profile “garbage” and claimed that the carcass in the photo — which you can view on Vanity Fair — is actually a goat he ate while in Patagonia. However, a veterinarian told Vanity Fair the carcass is canine due to its 13 pairs of ribs, including the telltale “floating rib” found in dogs. (It should be noted that goats also have 13 pairs of ribs.)

Kennedy denied eating dog and doubled down on his Patagonia goat story in a social media post.

Still, people on X, formerly Twitter, had a bone to pick.