Everything Donald Trump Has Said About Vaccines Is Silly & Dangerous
Donald Trump isn't exactly known for knowing stuff. He goes with his gut, his feelings. It's what many of his supporters love about him. But when it comes to the health and safety of kids, the GOP nominee for president might want to double-check his facts. Everything Donald Trump has said about vaccines is wrong and perpetuates the anti-vaxxer myth that vaccines cause autism.
Before looking into the litany of claims by Trump, let's first look at what the Centers for Disease control says about vaccines and autism: "There is no link between vaccines and autism."
But that hasn't stopped plenty of parents to say their experience tells them otherwise. And that's created a whole movement of parents who aren't vaccinating their kids, the result of which has been the reemergence of diseases like measles, mumps, whopping cough, and chicken pox, according to TIME. That's especially scary for parents with kids who physically can't take getting immunized due to an autoimmune disease or other illness, like cancer.
Trump is in a unique position to influence the decisions parents make to protect both their children and everyone else's. And none of his comments appear to be based on any specific scientific evidence, just, again, on what he feels is true.
1. Babies Aren't Horses
Here's what Trump said at the CNN Republican Presidential Debate
2. Yet Again, That They're Not Horses
No more massive injections. Tiny children are not horses—one vaccine at a time, over time.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2014
3. Many Cases, But How Many?
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes - AUTISM. Many such cases!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
4. When Did Doctors Lie Now?
I am being proven right about massive vaccinations—the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2014
5. He Thinks It's Just "1 Massive Dose"
I'm not against vaccinations for your children, I'm against them in 1 massive dose.Spread them out over a period of time & autism will drop!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014
6. He Says Parents With Autistic Children Thank Him
So many people who have children with autism have thanked me—amazing response. They know far better than fudged up reports!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014
7. He Has His Own Theory
According to Raw Story, here's what Trump said about vaccines on Fox News in 2012,
8. Trump Says People Who Believe In Vaccines Are "Nay-sayers"
9. And Scientists & Doctors Are Just "Shills"
Basing your medical advice for American parents on "your friend's son" and conspiracy theories is reckless. I hope Trump re-thinks pushing his wild theories until he gets a bit more input from medical experts.