Years before the recent election made Donald Trump our President-elect, he spoke out against the connection between vaccines and autism. His twitter page was full of tweets on the subject in 2014.
On March 28, 2014, he tweeted,
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
“Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!”
Now that he’s the president-elect, will Donald Trump continue to echo his past beliefs on the subject?
Trump’s View On The Vaccine-Autism Connection
Trump has been outspoken in the past about the link between vaccines and autism. He’s even gone so far as to claim there has been a cover-up to suppress the truth.
On September 3, 2014, he tweeted,
I am being proven right about massive vaccinations—the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2014
“I am being proven right about massive vaccinations – the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.”
In April 2012, Trump talked about a child of one of his employees who was impaired after receiving vaccines. “I’ve gotten to be pretty familiar with the subject,” he told Fox News. “You know, I have a theory – and it’s a theory that some people believe in – and that’s the vaccinations.”
Trump went on to say, “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.”
In October 2012, Trump tweeted,
Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012
“Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose?”
He echoed this sentiment during a GOP primary debate with Dr. Ben Carson. Trump said “I’m in favor of vaccines [but] do them over a longer period of time, same amount, but just in little sections. I think you’re going to have – I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism.”
During the same debate, Dr. Carson claimed there was a lack of “documented proof” concerning any link between vaccines and autism. After Trump spoke out on the subject, Carson later admitted, “it is true that we are probably giving away too many in too short of a time period.”
What’s To Come?
President-elect Donald Trump has made his beliefs known in the past, concerning the link between vaccinations and autism. Now that he’ll hold the presidential seat in the white house, will he use his platform to expose the link between autism and vaccines?