If you want to get in a fight on the internet, all you have to do is question vaccines. You’ll be in the fight of your life and smeared an “anti-vaxxer”.
But the data might have something else to say, and it appears our man Donald Trump plans to get to the bottom of it!
Donald Trump has been famously quoted back as far as 2007 as saying “When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor…And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”
Now news is breaking that Donald Trump has appointed Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.
More info below from The Atlantic:
Trump’s transition team did not respond to a question asking for confirmation that the president-elect indeed offered Kennedy that position. But the prospect of a Kennedy-led vaccine commission is deeply troubling for proponents of evidence-based medicine. For over a decade now, Kennedy has been publicly saying not only that thimerosal, a preservative used in some vaccines, is dangerous and associated with autism, but that the government has been covering this up. He wrote an article about this claim for Rolling Stone in 2005, and published a book about it in 2014. Scientists have found no evidence that thimerosal in vaccines causes any harm, and furthermore, it hasn’t been used in vaccines for children since 2001, with the exception of the flu vaccine.
Kennedy said Trump is “very pro-vaccine, as am I,” but that Trump “has some doubts about the current vaccine policies.” For years, Trump has promoted the false link between vaccines and autism, and whether he himself is an anti-vaxer or not, he certainly has courted anti-vaxers at every turn on his road to the White House. This meeting with Kennedy suggests he will continue to do so.