Trump weighs in on vaccine-autism controversy
March 28th, 2014
08:58 AM ET
9 years ago

Trump weighs in on vaccine-autism controversy

(CNN) - Donald Trump appears to be once again suggesting a link between vaccines and the rise in autism, a theory that's been debunked numerous times in recent years.

"If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take – AUTISM," the business mogul and reality TV star wrote on Twitter Thursday evening.

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Trump's tweet came hours after the release of a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that indicated a 30% increase in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in America, from one in 88 children having autism two years ago to one in 68 now.

Trump has tried to draw a connection between vaccines and autism before, tweeting about it last year and in an interview on Fox News in 2012.

In a study published last year in the Journal of Pediatrics, researchers found no association between autism and the number of vaccines a child gets in one day or during the first two years of the current vaccine schedule.

And researchers have also identified at least 100 genes that put children at increased risk for autism. And just this week a study in the New England Journal of Medicine provided more evidence that when a child has autism, the disorder began to develop during pregnancy, long before any vaccines were given.

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  1. YoonYoungJo

    I don't think it has anything to do with vaccines. Perhaps what is causing it is too much genetic similarity. I bet if a study was done gene variance would show the lowest incidents of autism. While those closest in genetic similarity would show the highest instances of autism. Then again who knows maybe there is some link to vaccines. That's why we fund scientists to research this stuff and why funding for sciences need to increase.

    March 28, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Walter Adams

    "There is no such thing as 'settled science' as the nutty left says." Really? You mean the earth may not be round? Maybe the sun does revolve around the earth? Beings not visible to the unaided eye can't kill us? The moon could be made of cheese? Gravity doesn't always win? One man really could collect a male and female of every living creature (how does one distinguish a male from a female tick?) and cram them in a boat? How did a man living in the ancient Middle East manage to collect two of every species in South America and get them on his ark? Two objects can occupy the same space? Donald Trump is a deep thinker? Damn those scientists!

    March 28, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Durundal

    Further proves that rich people arent inoculated from stupidity

    March 28, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. S.B. Stein

    When did Trump get a science or medical degree? Has he read the latest news that part of the issue might be brain structure as it is developing in the womb? I think that he doesn't really care or understand. If there is some new crediable and accurate research that shows what he is thinking, then does he plan on paying for a reworking of the vaccines? If he doesn't, then he needs to shut up.

    March 28, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. candiduscorvus

    In my opinion autism may have something to do with the mother's diet during pregnancy. If she has inadequate intake of fats and cholesterols the fetus may suffer from abnormal brain development, and autism could be the result. In recent generations the vanity of being thin for female body image may have induced pregnant women to make diet choices that they didn't realize were bad for their baby. That at least is a testable hypothesis, so hey Science...get right on that for us, will you?

    March 28, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    To bad Art Linkletter is no longer with us. He could start a new show, "Tea Partiers Say The Darndest Things".

    March 28, 2014 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Ward Cleaver

    This is an excerpt from the CDC website...
    "Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930's"

    MERCURY in a child's vaccine? Do you really believe this is not harmful to your children? Maybe the average, stupid American parent should not make fun of Jenny McCarthy and Trump over this issue. Stop believe big pharma lies.

    March 28, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. salty dog

    If I were president, that's a good one. Way to lend your opinion credibility.

    March 28, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  9. salty dog

    Walter, the gop thinks the world is six thousand years old, too funny! One born every minute

    March 28, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Fair is Fair


    If Autism begins during pregnancy, and rates of Autism have increased dramatically over the last decade or so, then perhaps someone should look into any correlation to changes in pre-natal care and Autism. For instance, is there a connection to Autism and the rise of certain prenatal vitamins, or other drugs, or perhaps new chemicals in foods that were not there before the rise in Autism? Just another possible link – the ever increasing rate of CO2 in the air pregnant women breath, which we now know increases the acidity of our blood which negatively affects metabolism. Just some thoughts.
    A lot of good points. SOMETHING is clearly causing it. It could be one of a million things. It could be exposure to something in a previous generation that's been passed down and manifested itself now. It could be something that negatively impacted the male reproductive system. It could be something that negatively impacted the female reproductive system. The sins of the past may be being paid for now.

    March 28, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Joi Gibson

    No wonder the man will not shut up – CNN, for some strange reason, thinks Trump's prognostications are newsworthy. The man plays you for a fool and you fall for it every, single, time (as I sit here commenting). The next time Trump speaks, ignore it and then maybe he will go away. He adds nothing of substance to this conversation, or any other for that matter.

    March 28, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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