Donald Trump Has Jumped Into the "Autism Caused by Vaccinations" Conspiracy Theory Fray

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As you may or may not know, Donald Trump is a prolific tweeter. And by that, we mean he likes to get into beefs with people or corporations on Twitter and call them losers, in between tweeting about his hotels and saying derogatory things about Obama.

And sure, it can be annoying. What with his beefing with FPL or Buzzfeed or even with fellow fringe conservatives. He's also been a big-time birther.

But all of that stuff could be reduced to simply being white noise from a very self-involved, narcissistic man with lots of time on his hands.

Yet, in the past 24 hours, Trump has gone from insufferable real-life cartoon villain to downright dangerous. His latest crusade has been to ignore medical science and inexplicably jump headlong into the "vaccinations cause autism" argument.

Starting on Wednesday morning, Trump took to Twitter to give his unsolicited thoughts and feelings towards the pseudo science craze that children get autism from vaccinations.

This despite the fact that, test after test and study after study has time again proven that there is absolutely no link between autism and vaccinations.

But truth and facts have never really been a thing Trump has bothered to care about before. So why start now?

And it didn't stop with the tiny-horses-versus-children comparisons.

Trump kept the wacky going, including responses from folks who agree with him and offered apparent testimony to this theory:

In the end, Trump says he was proven right because other people who are as unqualified in the field of medicine as he is agree with him.

So, case closed!

It's unclear what set off the bizarre tweets or what Trump's angle is here other than wanting attention. And, we admit, we're merely exacerbating the problem by writing about it here.

But it's one thing to call celebrities that disagree with him losers or whine about how his terrible show was snubbed from winning an Emmy.

But it's quite another when he's actually messing with people's lives -- albeit on Twitter.

Still, this is a guy people actually look up to. Particularly young people.


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Your article would have had more merit if you'd have explained why Trump went off on twitter.  His tweets were in response to something specific.



My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings toreport after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub­ group for a particular vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines.

I have had many discussions with Dr. Brian Hooker over the last 10 months regarding studies the CDC has carried out regarding vaccines and neurodevelopmental outcomes including autism spectrum disorders. I share his belief that CDC decision-making and analyses should be transparent. I was not, however, aware that he was recording any of our conversations, nor was I given any choice regarding whether my name would be made public or my voice would be put on the Internet.

Now people reading your comment have a frame of reference.


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Young people look up to the front combover blowhard? The dumbing down of FloriDUH has now spread to the whole country.


Yes, Trump is responding to the latest anti-vaccine conspiracy theory.

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