New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo lacks humanity, the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are creepy, former President George W. Bush is an idiot, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a little despot, according to the personal diary kept by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. in 2001.
According to the New York Post
, which "reviewed" what it claimed was Kennedy's thick red diary decorated with bumper stickers, he recorded brutally honest thoughts about a number of high profile politicians and political activists as well as his own personal struggles.
When Andrew Cuomo's position as Housing and Urban Development Secretary was coming to an end in 2001, he discussed his political future with Kennedy, who was also his brother-in-law at the time, and told him that he was toying with making a run for New York governor.
"Andrew could win because he is totally focused and energetic," Kennedy wrote. "He could lose because he lacks humanity and doesn't love people. He is not a retail politician."
While Kennedy was in a Puerto Rican prison with the Revs. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, for trespassing while protesting U.S. Navy bombing practices on the nearby island of Vieques, Kennedy wrote that the two black leaders "give me the creeps."
"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 said. "His transparent venal blackmail and extortion schemes taint all black leadership."
Kennedy then called Sharpton a "buffoon" for the "stench" he still carries around after he became an advocate for Tawana Brawley, the black teen who claimed she had been raped by six white men in 1987, which turned out to be a lie.
He said that Jesse Jackson has "a desperate and destructive addiction to publicity," and mentioned that when Jackson was at labor leader Cesar Chavez's funeral that he pushed "Cesar's friends and family out of the way to make himself lead pall bearer."
"His love affair with [Nation of Islam leader] Louis Farrakhan and his Jewish xenophobia are also unforgivable," Kennedy added, according to the Post.
"I feel dirty around him, and I feel like I'm being used. I feel like with Jesse, it's all about Jesse."
He also talked about the various high profile visitors that came to see him while he was in prison.
One of his visitors was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was then a senator from New York. Kennedy said Clinton also "went off on" Jackson.
On September 12, 2001, Kennedy also wrote about President George W. Bush, describing him as "an idiot and a puppet" painful to watch on television in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
But apparently that view changed more than two months later when he described Bush as "charming" after the two attended the renaming of the Justice Department headquarters in Washington for his father, former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
While Kennedy praised the leadership of former New York Giuliani for his handling of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he also slammed the former mayor for being "desperate" to hold onto his power when he tried to cut a deal with the mayoral candidates at the time to allow him to stay on past his term.
"I saw Rudy Giuliani, that little despot, threatening on TV last night to make some sort of a deal with the mayoral candidates about staying on a couple of extra months," he wrote.
On Sunday, the Post published
some of the more personal entries in Kennedy's diary dealing with sexual affairs he called described as my "my lust demons" while he struggled in his marriage to Mary Richardson Kennedy, who committed suicide in May 2012.
Kennedy, after first denying the existence of a diary to the Post, on Sunday issued a response.
"The New York Post has chosen to print excerpts from a 13-year-old diary illegally stolen from me," he wrote in an email.
"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," Kennedy added, noting that he has "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."
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