In today's disheartening political news, President-elect Donald Trump met with a major proponent of the anti-vaccine movement — who, if you aren't already aware, lacks any scientific backing whatsoever.
The vaccine skeptic in question is Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Yep, the nephew of president John F. Kennedy.
The Hill reports that future White House press secretary Sean Spicer alluded to the meeting with reporters recently, stating the topic of the gathering would be "vaccines and immunizations." According to Forbes, Trump wants Kennedy to lead a "vaccine safety and scientific integrity commission." Great.
In the past, Kennedy has referenced the conspiracy theory of the link between vaccines and autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Protection have flat-out refuted this bogus claim, but Trump, of course, is on board with the hoax conjecture.
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
It seems we can't get away from Trump's endless fear-mongering even when the seeds were planted before Trump ran for president.
"Some people have had concerns that [Autism Spectrum Disorder] might be linked to the vaccines children receive, but studies have shown that there is no link between receiving vaccines and developing ASD," the CDC writes.
Kennedy, however, denies science at full speed and has even written a book confirming his stance.
Looks like we have yet another science skeptic climbing into a seat of power in the near future. Hooray!
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