It’s always nice when one of Trump’s supporters doesn’t double down on his stupidity. Trump made an utterly ridiculous claim that vaccines cause autism.
It was so outrageous, even one of his new supporters was reluctant to back his bullshit. She tried to cover him a little but admitted that his claim that vaccines cause autism is unfounded.
Trump is proving to be every bit as anti-science as the rest of the GOP. Here are some of his recent tweets on the subject.
Obviously, Trump has no statistics proving that there is an epidemic here. He also didn’t reference a single credible study to support it (hint: no such credible study exists).
Because we all know that a totally uncorroborated anecdote from Trump is all the evidence we need.
Anybody resorting to the word “shill” knows deep down that they have no point to stand on. Trump presented absolutely zero evidence to back his claims but expects people to listen to him anyways.
There is actually a growing volume of research on the topic. Last October, the largest autism study in history was published, which shed some light on the link between genetics and autism. Lead author Stephan Sanders, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco discussed his findings with Medscape Medical News.
Autism is largely a genetic disorder, so it follows that finding the genes involved in autism is a logical first step to understanding the biology of autism. The discovery of 65 autism risk genes and six risk regions serves as a foundation for understanding the neurobiology of autism. By considering when, where, and how these genes interact, we can focus on the developmental time period, brain region, and cell type that is disrupted in autism.
We can listen to a UCSF School of Medicine professor with a degree from Yale. Or we can listen to Donald Trump.
Elizabeth Emken is the newest failed politician to support Donald Trump. She lost two nominations to become an Assemblywomen in the California House of Representatives and U.S. Senator for California. Prior to running for political office, Emken was the Vice President for Government Relations at Autism Speaks.
It should be worth noting that Emken doesn’t actually have a degree in medicine or any field of biology. Her degree is in economics and political science, but she is still regarded as some kind of “expert” on autism.
Emken was in a precarious situation after she announced her support for Trump. She was asked to appear on CNN Newsroom to voice her position on some of Trump’s rather moronic statements. Questions about the link between autism and vaccines came up.
“The position of autism speaks has been, for quite a while, that we need to find out what’s going on,” she said. That said: “We don’t know” what causes it.
The reality is that we know that autism is a genetic disorder. Emken probably does too but is too loyal to Trump to admit to this. At least she didn’t blindly go along with his moronic statements.
This wasn’t exactly the best disavowal of Trump’s statements, but she certainly wasn’t supporting them either. Hopefully, more of Trump’s supporters will be smart enough to realize that the guy is talking out of his ass about vaccines and start to question everything else he says.
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 2, 2016
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Kale Smith is an economics and social justice aficionado. He is an egalitarian that writes passionately about justice reform, income inequality and the failures of Reaganism.