Can this guy get any worse?
With all the terrible things Donald Trump has done and said in the last few weeks, I have to admit I'm starting to suffer from "Trump Fatigue." Why is this guy still around?
Last night in the GOP debate, Trump stepped outside his (debatable) wheelhouse of business management and weighed in on vaccines. He believes (wrongly) that they cause autism.
The connection between vaccines and autism began with one lone man, who is a complete fraud and has been entirely discredited. Since then, study after study has failed to provide even the slimmest link between vaccines and autism.
It is just as accurate to say that ice cream causes autism, because so many children who consume ice cream later go on to develop autism. In fact, I bet it wouldn't take too much searching to find a kid who ate an ice cream cone and two days later developed autism.
There is one thing that we know about vaccines for certain: they prevent childhood death from preventable diseases like measles and polio. There is absolutely no question on that point.
My heart goes out to parents who are struggling to raise autistic kids. It is an incredible challenge, and I hope that we can find a cure. But in order to do that, we need to stop wasting research time and money on the misguided belief that it is caused by vaccines, and start looking for an actual cure.
No thanks to Donald Trump.