Business mogul Donald Trump chose the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day to reveal that he “strongly” believes that autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are linked to exposure to vaccines.
In a Monday interview on Fox News, the reality star explained that a series of casual observations had led him to the conclusion that “monster” vaccinations cause autism.
“I’ve gotten to be pretty familiar with the subject,” Trump said. “You know, I have a theory — and it’s a theory that some people believe in — and that’s the vaccinations. We never had anything like this. This is now an epidemic. It’s way, way up over the past 10 years. It’s way up over the past two years. And, you know, when you take a little baby that weighs like 12 pounds into a doctor’s office and they pump them with many, many simultaneous vaccinations — I’m all for vaccinations, but I think when you add all of these vaccinations together and then two months later the baby is so different then lots of different things have happened. I really — I’ve known cases.”
I’ve got a theory…and it’s a theory a lot of people believe in: Donald Trump is a celebrity who just likes to get attention by shooting his mouth off about stuff he know nothing about but it’s in the news and it’s controversial. I’m all for public figures speaking their minds on TV but when you think about all the nonsense he puts out there, you can’t help but think of him as a giant public nuisance.
He uses the LAMEST but most popular justification for his beliefs – it happened to someone I know. That’s a powerful influence in our society and a tough one to overcome. But we can try by telling parents and people around that your kids were vaccinated and they are JUST FINE. Millions of kids were vaccinated and they are JUST FINE. Autism is not that simple of a cause and effect. If it were, we would have solved this vexxing problem by now.