Donald Trump Finds A New Conspiracy Theory To Trumpet: Vaccines And Autism

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Donald TrumpYou know that big study showing that older fathers might be part of the increase in autism? The research contends that older sperm could account for as much as 30% of the cases of autism in our country. Well it looks like one older father might be taking the news personally. Donald Trump just decided to jump in to the autism debates and guess who he’s siding with? None other than infamous non-doctor-making-lots-of-medical-claims Jenny McCarthy.

The Donald recently took to Twitter with this controversial statement.

I’m sure the timing of the tweet, right after research on older fathers, is purely coincidental and has nothing to do with the fact that the 66-year-old millionaire has a 6-year-old son, Barron Trump, with wife Melania. I’m sure it has everything to do with Trump finally ignoring birtherism long enough to find another already-debunked bandwagon to hop on.

The idea that vaccines cause autism is obviously not new. Jenny McCarthy’s controversial book that really brought the vaccine debate into the mainstream, “Louder Than Words: a Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism,” was published in 2007. Since that time, countless medical professionals have refuted the books claims. The CDC has released more statements than I can count trying to explain that vaccines are both safe and necessary to help keep kids safe. And the study that originally began the debate about vaccinations and autism has been completely withdrawn, the author of the paper admitting that he made his research up.

There are still anti-vaccine parents out there, but medical community is certain that vaccinations do not cause autism. And one would think that Donald Trump would have access to the best medical advice and opinions that money can buy.

More than anything about this, I’m confused as to why Trump got involved in the debate at all. First of all, it’s the first time I’ve heard the Donald concerned about children’s health issues. Or children’s issues in general. And second of all, no one was wagging a finger at older fathers when this research came out. It was presented medical research that no one had considered before this point. Now we all get to think about it’s implications, but it won’t go away because a seemingly professional conspiracy theorist tries to pull our attention in another direction.

Really, continuing to spout anti-vaccine rhetoric puts children at risk. Whooping cough is on the rise thanks to misinformation about vaccines. 2011 was the worst year for measles in the past 15 because of low vaccination rates. When kids aren’t vaccinated, they get sick. Maybe Trump should’ve thought about the consequences before spouting unproven and inflammatory nonsense. (It would be a first, but we can all hope.)


[UPDATE: One awesome commenter noted that Trump has talked about his vaccine and autism theories before. Here’s just one example from back in April. I still assume that he was tweeting this week in response to the new studies out, but I guess this is another conspiracy theory he’s been harboring for a while.]


  1. Carmen Finnigan

    August 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Why do people even listen to celebrities in the first place? They are just as uninformed as everyone else on topic outside their expertise. I believe there is a UK organization that will give free advice to celebrities before they shoot their off over scientific issues they don’t understand.

    • Nancy

      August 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Yep! It’s called Sense about Science.

  2. MJ

    August 24, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Trump has been saying this for years. He was very open about the fact that his little boy was vaccinated on an alternative schedule because he did not believe that combined innoculations are safe. I’m sure you could find articles online about this–he tends to publicize.

    • LindsayCross

      August 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      MJ, you are right! Somehow I had never heard Trump weigh in on vaccines before, but Googling quickly showed that he’s talked about the issue in the past. Thanks so much for letting me know! I’ll make a note in the post.

    • Lee

      August 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      As a journalist you may have wanted to check that little fact out first! Another fact to check out is that the whooping cough comeback is amongst the vaccinated!

  3. Sara

    August 24, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Considering that he doesn’t know how to spell “innoculations”, I’m even less inclined to take his opinion seriously on this than I would be on anything else. And that’s saying a lot.

  4. laneshe

    August 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I mean he’s not one of my favorite people, but I think there should be MORE looked into in regards to current vaccination schedules and risk factors for autism because there is some sort of link, we just haven’t connected the dots yet.

    • Carmen Finnigan

      August 24, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      They looked at this at every angle. There isn’t a connection.

    • What are you worried about?

      August 26, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Who looked at every angle? Let me answer for you… CDC and FDA funded research teams have come to the conclusion that there is no link between autism and CDC and FDA approved vaccinations. Show us the science!

    • To Celebrate Women

      August 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      There is no link, the doctor who published the original study has been stripped of his qualifications because he faked it. Meanwhile, the rates for preventable diseases have been climbing…if you don’t have a specific medical reason not to do it for YOUR child, PLEASE vaccinate your kids!

    • Sara

      August 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Well said!

    • LaNeshe

      August 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

      I don’t have children yet, but I read plenty of articles on of parents who notice a distinct change in their children after vaccinations. These are regular parents, with no money at stake for pro or anti vaccines, just parents telling their stories.

  5. Jason

    August 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Wakefield never admitted he made up his research and a British court upheld his side of the story. Do your fact checking before you publish.

    • Marlene Ivette

      August 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      kudos Jason. Indeed he stands by his research. Sadly parents come to realize it is the monkey testicle mercury bombs causing the neurological damage to children when it is THEIR children who are affected…when it’s too late.

  6. Amanda

    August 26, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Wow. The person that wrote this article is highly misinformed. But, whatever. I could honestly care less what others think as long as I still have the freedom to make my own health decisions for myself and my children. Although if it ever comes punishable to waive vaccines, then I may just lose my head. Literally.

  7. Yikes!

    August 26, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Author is misinformed about vaccines. This article is full of opinions based on sloppy internet reading.

  8. Amy Hutchinson Lasich

    August 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I’ve never been able to stand him but I do respect this stand he is taken. Random, to be sure, but any time a powerful person speaks out, it is another voice for our “side.” Thanks, Mr. Trump!

  9. Gogogirl

    August 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Oh come on Trump! Use the intelligence that God gave you. Injecting Neurotoxins like formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, animal tissue cells, human diploid cells from aborted fetal tissue, etc., into our infants and developing children couldn’t possibly harm them in ANY way! Duh! And just because the Pharmaceutical companies, Government officials and Doctors are all making tons of money injecting these toxins into our children, doesn’t mean they still don’t have our children’s best interests at heart instead of their own. Next thing you’re going to say is that the other health epidemics prevalent in our children today like diabetes, chronic ear infections, and the many auto immune problems are also a result of these toxins. Just because the CDC now says that the Pertussis vaccine is basically useless and children who had this vaccine could be MORE likely to get whooping cough doesn’t make me question the effectiveness of vaccines either. Shame on you Trump. Shame on you for trying to enlighten us pathetic sheep.

  10. Adumo

    August 26, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Interesting tactic to try and make a case for the infallibility of vaccines with the whopping cough vaccine when the majority of cases of the disease are in the vaccinated population -…

  11. Shan

    August 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    “And one would think that Donald Trump would have access to the best medical advice and opinions that money can buy.”

    I had to actually laugh at this. Yes, that is PRECISELY what we have in this country–the best medical advice and opinions that MONEY CAN BUY. And I’ll give you two guesses as to who is buying all that medical advice you are being given by your pediatrition. (Hint #1: The top ten companies in this industry make more in profits than the rest of the Fortune 500 combined. Hint #2: This industry has also recently seen a steady stream of law suits filed alleging fraud, criminal negligence, etc.)

    That’s a good place to start your research. And believe me, you desperately need to do some research.

  12. Freyja

    August 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Unfortunately, there is a link to autism and vaccines. Children with poor gut health, also responsible to the rise in autoimmune disease, is the culprit. The MMR strains have been found in the guts of children suffering from the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Vaccines are loaded with foreign toxins like heavy metals and foreign proteins from eggs, and other animals, creates an autoimmune response. Researchers like Dr. Blaylock have unduly been scrutinized. Yes, do the research, unbiased and you will find the truth. The US gov has never tested the efficacy or safely of vaccines especially the amount given to a newborn or infant. Look at Barbara Loe Fisher and the NVIC, Dr. Mercola, Natural News, and my favorite, an MD who’s child was diagnosed and healed via nutrition, diet, and detox, named DR.Natasha Campbell McBride. There was just a case in Italy where the government admitted the MMR caused autism in a child. Of course the FDA and CDC don’t want you to know the truth, follow the money. This article is poorly written and reserched. Where are the facts.. where are your sources? YES – SHow us the evidence!
    Studies show children vaccinated are more UNHEALTHY, have more allergies and asthma, ADD, ADHD, dyspraxia. By the way, Whooping cough outbreaks are occurring in VACCINATED kids. THe HPV is a disaster and also unproven. Open your minds and hearts and see the truth, although so sad to admit. if 1 in 80 kids today are in the spectrum, it is due to toxic overload. TOXIC overload, they can’t handle the insult. DO THE RESEARCH!!!

  13. MELO

    August 26, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  14. Gina

    August 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    It would be interesting to know if Trump vaccinates his own kid or not. To the author: There is no way to rule out vaccines as a possible contributing factor in the Autism epidemic, along with other toxic elements in our atmosphere, water, food, and medication. Saying that no one knows the cause of Autism, but that vaccines CANNOT possibly be a contributing factor, sounds ridiculous.

  15. Metejt

    August 26, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Lindsay you may not like Trump OR Jenny McCarthy but you need to do more research into this issue before you go public. Vaccines, both in children and in animals are detrimental to good health. I agree that SOME vaccines are necessary and outweigh the risks but we are over vaccinating everything that moves. You’d better hit the books again my dear.

  16. healthylifestyleabc

    August 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    The CDC has concluded that the recent outbreaks have nothing to do with the unvaccinated and yes Dr. Wakefield was exonerated from his charges and continues to do research on this topic. He actually is an example of what pharmaceutical companies will do to a professional if you dare question vaccines. Articles like this polarize the debate while we have a generation of 1 out of 6 children with serious developmental issues. This is probably the reason why more and more parents (Trump included) know about vaccine injuries on children and are questioning vaccinations.

  17. Katie Gruenewald Ott

    August 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

    LOL, Trump didn’t “just jump on the bandwagon” for this, he’s been saying this for years! What superb research, I wish all Dr’s were as smart as you. (tongue in cheek)
    Oh, and most of the “outbreaks” are from the vaccinated clan, not the other way around. Again, great research pal.

  18. Mr Aloha

    August 27, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Author Lindsay Cross is a bought and paid for corporate whore. This is big pharma journalism.

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  20. MELO

    August 27, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    • MELO

      August 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      watch this very short video I find it to be very interesting that a billionaire is suddenly so interested in vaccines all of a sudden? I have never heard of this man doing anything for any of the children he is supposedly trying to save … never adopted anyone, you never hear about Bill Gates trying to feed anyone but suddenly he wants to throw billions of dollars in “so called life saving vaccines” Has America become that dumb?!?

  21. JustRebecca

    August 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    The rate of autism in the United States is 1 in 88 but what few people know is that military families have an even higher rate 1 in 67 and these are children of YOUNG men with youthful sperm. The military and their families also have a very high vaccination rate.

    Trump is not creating a conspiracy he is exposing one. Vast numbers of parents are thinking the same thing and many of them have personally witnessed side effects from out of control vaccinations. No one would care if Trump were a poor, uneducated, nobody. Donald Trump is shinning a light on an issue that so many want to hide. The opposition doesn’t want a reasonable debate they just want to shoot the messenger.

  22. pharma-funded

    August 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    None of the studies prove that there is NO link between vaccines and autism. That is an inherent drawback in scientific research; you can’t prove a negative. Studies can fail to find an association, but they cannot prove there isn’t a link.

    Check it out- The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child
    Robert W. Sears, MD, FAAP

  23. Amy H

    September 7, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    I cannot believe this is still an issue. There has been no proven correlation between vaccines and Autism. If you think there has been, please show me the science. Not rumors, or articles by celebrities, or papers by “experts” that wouldn’t know a medical degree if it slapped them in the face. SCIENCE. You know, from people from like…Harvard? Because there isn’t one. Andrew Wakefield was discredited a long time ago. Here’s a news flash to the anti-vaccine community–stop claiming thimerosal is in vaccines because thimerosal is not in children’s vaccines and has not been since 2001. Period. Aluminum is in vaccines but is NOT harmful. Aluminum is the one of the most common metals on earth. In fact, there is far more aluminum in a Tums tablet than there is in any vaccine. You also ingest it every day. It’s even excreted in breastmilk! So shut up about aluminum. There are many other ingredients in vaccines that may sound strange but they are not harmful. Vaccines are thoroughly tested. In less fortunate countries, people consider vaccines a luxury. Ask an African mother what it’s like when a child contracts Polio or Hepatitis A. Ask a mother who’s child has had Meningitis what it’s like to see their child lose brain function. And then be grateful that you live in a country where these diseases can be prevented. It’s beyond reckless to buy into what these quacks are saying and to treat doctors as if they are the enemy.

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