Just this morning, there was a story out claiming that Jared Kushner has told people privately that Trump never really believed the Obama birth-certificate skepticism he pushed in 2011. Which is … sort of reassuring, I guess? Better that he didn’t fall for it than that he did, although if Kushner’s right it means Trump knowingly pushed bad information because he thought it would help him get political traction on the grassroots right. (And it did.) I assumed that his vaccine skepticism was of a piece with that. Maybe he didn’t really believe it but was willing to affect credulousness about this dubious wankery, despite the risk posed to children by propagating the idea, because in its own weird way it would burnish his reputation for being “politically incorrect.” The entire medical establishment is telling you that vaccines don’t cause autism? Well, Trump has never played by the establishment’s rules, man.
But maybe that’s wrong. Maybe he really is an anti-vaxxer.
After meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower Tuesday, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. told reporters that Trump has asked him to “chair a commission on vaccination safety and scientific integrity” and that he has accepted…
“President-elect Trump has some doubts about the current vaccine policies and he has questions about it,” Kennedy told the press. “He says his opinion doesn’t matter … but the science does matter, and we ought to be reading the science and we ought to be debating the science.”
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Kennedy drew fire last year for describing a “holocaust” of children allegedly hurt by immunization at a screening of a film on the topic (he later apologized for the term)…
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there is no link between autism and vaccines, citing numerous subsequent studies. An Immunization Safety Commission organized by the Institute of Medicine examined the issue and reached the same conclusion in multiple reports. The American Academy of Pediatrics has warned that spacing out vaccinations increases childhood exposure to disease and that doctors should follow the recommended schedule.Read the rest of the story HERE and follow a link to a related story below: WSJ: Ignore Anti-Vaccine Hysteria, Mr. Trump
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