Donald Trump Jumps Into Autism-Vaccine Controversy

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Donald Trump is a well-known celebrity entrepreneur who has never been afraid to speak his mind. Earlier this month, he decided to weigh in on the autism-vaccine controversy on Fox & Friends, a weekday morning program on the Fox News Channel. 

On Autism Awareness Day, Trump made his weekly appearance and was asked about the dramatic rise in cases of autism over the past several decades. The conversation quickly focused on the autism-vaccine debate, when Trump shared his "theory" that autism is caused by vaccinations.

He cited anecdotal evidence, including a family he knows who had a two-year-old child that had "lost it" one month after being vaccinated.

When challenged by host Gretchen Carlson that most physicians disagree with his theory, Trump admitted that his opinions were controversial, but said he could care less what others thought.

The autism-vaccine controversy is something that stirs up tremendous emotions on both sides of the debate and his comments have already been heavily criticized as irresponsible.

Ironically, Trump’s opinions are in direct conflict with Autism Speaks’ official position on vaccinations, an organization he claims to support through various fundraisers.

While I applaud Mr. Trump for speaking out on behalf of parents who feel vaccines may have played a role in their children’s autism, his ignorance on this issue is painfully evident. As such, it’s probably best to let vaccine safety advocates who are better informed to address the media in the future.

11 Responses to Donald Trump Jumps Into Autism-Vaccine Controversy

  1. Ingar Struthers says:

    Thank God someone is speaking the truth. Donald Trump it took guts for you to stand up and tell people the reality of what is happening to our children. Healthy one day Autistic the next! please explain! Governments need to listen up and change things unless they are gunning fro an autistic society. There is plenty of research that backs Trumps opinion. So glad someone is telling it how most families experience it.

  2. joejoe says:

    Donald Trump says it the way he see’s it, the way the parents see it.It’s no mystery when your child loses eye contact, and all his speech after vaccination, its not to hard to figure out the cause after that, unless of course you’re trying to sell more vaccines, then that may be a problem. The media keeps repeating old Big Pharma manufactured research that shows no link, when in fact there is plenty of research done by independent scientists showing a connection between autism and vaccines.

  3. Shannon says:

    Choice-thank god for it! I have two amazing kids, 4 and 6, who are un-vaccinated, because I read what I could and came to that choice. They have a slew of vaccinated little friends (and parents I get along with beautifully.) Choice is a beautiful thing. No preaching here-just happy to have two happy healthy kids in a country that allows you to think outside of the prescribed.

  4. Wilfred says:

    First of all thanks To God, to the Fox Chanel and Donald Trump than he say the truth abouth it the goverment they have to stop play with the health of our child just for the money they and the FDA could get Money of other form not doing what they doing this goverment they have big gut than they have prof of family who their child used to say son word son they vacccined those child they have chame and stop talking I have a son than he is 9 years old and he has Autism he has problem to use the bathrom plus he does not speak yeat.They know about the Biomedial Doctor they help to get the autism out of those child but they don’t accept it come out wake up America this is Real,If this goverment of United state if they Raly care about our child why they dont help us to Detox our chid with the Biomedial medicine than it just help our child that does’not has dangerous drug they more than me and you than they know about it than does’not afect our child they give their back and manipulation answer through you guides the TV. and the people know about it .Another thing if you guys want proof tell Donal Trump to hep to Detox my son with the Biomediacal and I know than my son he will be better.I can make because i don’ have the cash to make it,God Blees.

  5. Gretyaken says:

    Monster vaccines? What is Trump talking about?

  6. Veronica Phillips says:

    I applaud Donald Trump! Finally, a high profile public figure who is not in bed with the pharmaceutical companies. Who cares what Autism Speaks’ position is; they’re probably receiving funding from the U.S. government in an attempt to suppress the real truth that vaccines are in some way directly responsible for this neurological disorder. Everybody is in bed with somebody; it’s all about the money and power. We’re all just herded cattle; at the hands of a lying and corrupt government. Our government and the pharmaceutical companies have to be made accountable for their irresponsible actions and behavior. Our government is in much need of total reform! As taxpayers are made to be accountable for their actions, so should our government officials be.

  7. Katkins says:

    Oh, per-lease! Look at the scientific evidence, people. There are validated, industry-independent studies out there involving hundreds of thousands of kids, and the autism rates amongst vaccinated and unvaccinated kids are identical.

    As for the fact that children manifest their autism at around the same time as they get their shots, understand that this is *coincidentiality*, not *causality*. When do we notice that our kids are not hitting their developmental milestones, or losing ground compared with their peers? In the first 18-24 months of their lives. And when do they usually get their shots? Same time!

    If you delayed giving shots until children were, say, five, you would get NO fewer cases of autism, but you would get a great many more cases of measles etc., and significant extra numbers of children suffering severe brain damage, physical impairment or DEATH as a result. Why? Because there would be no ‘herd immunity’ and these diseases would sweep through daycares and Kindies like a bushfire.

    As for Trump and his so-called ‘logic’ – you would quarter yourself looking for it if you dropped it from between your finger and thumb onto the middle of a white sheet in a summer noon. It not logic or knowledge, it is prejudice and magic thinking.

    It may be comforting to feel that someone else is blameable for our children’s differences, but really, we just need to put on our big-girl panties and deal with what is in front of us: Making our children’s lives as fulfilling as possible for them and those around them.

    Blame doesn’t help anybody. We didn’t cause our children’s autism. Nor did their shots (or avoidance of shots). It’s just one of those things: treatable to varying degrees, but not avoidable. If Trump really wanted to help, he would stop shooting his mouth off about vaccines and put some of his obscene wealth into autism support programs.

  8. Judith says:

    Katkins – there are NO studies that have been done between vaccinated and unvaccinated children….nil. Please post any that you have and I will post a personal apology to you and anyone else who posts a study. Also vaccines are not tested against a placebo. All vaccines are tested against another vaccine (both containing toxic ingredients) so any adverse effects cancel each other out. Testing for adverse reactions is only done for a few weeks and after that any adverse reaction is not counted as being from the vaccine. A child receiving 36 shots of 126 vaccines can develop a bipolar immune system, similar to the way it effects the brain. Native mmunity favours TH1 and vaccinations stimulate the TH2 which is inflammatory in nature and can cause auto immune disease such as asthma, lupus. Continuous inflammatory responses from vaccines can tip the immune system permanetnly into auto immune TH2 mode.

  9. Judith says:

    As Dr Campbell McBride states: “If you look around, how many healthy children would you see? Childhood asthma, eczema, diabetes, allergies, hay fever, digestive disorders, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorders have all gained epidemic proportions! The majority of siblings of autistic children have eczema, asthma or another one of those disorders. And though all these health problems appear to be different, they have one thing in common. A very big thing – a compromised immune system with suppressed Th1 and overactive Th2 parts of the immunity. These two opposing arms of the immune system normally should be in balance. But in these children they are out of balance reducing the body’s ability to fight infections and predisposing the child to allergies and autoimmune reactions. A compromised immune system is not going to react to environmental insults in the normal way! Vaccination is a huge insult for the immune system. The manufacturers of vaccines produce them for children with normal immune systems which will react to these vaccines in a normal way. And perhaps 50 or even less years ago the majority of children had normal immune systems, so vaccination was producing the expected results of protection against infections without any harm for the body. However, in our modern society with our modern way of life we are rapidly moving to a situation where a growing proportion of children do not have a normal immune system and will not produce an expected reaction to the vaccine. In some of these children vaccination, putting an enormous strain on an already compromised immune system, becomes that “last straw which breaks the camel’s back” and brings on the beginning of autism, asthma, eczema, diabetes, etc.. In other children, whose immune system is compromised to a lesser degree, vaccination will not start the disorder, but it will deepen the damage and move the child closer to it.”

  10. Judith says:

    A recent article validating Dr Andrew Wakefield’s theory on the gut brain connection in autism.

    Was published in March of this year 2013 and has been the result of 4 to 5 years work so is not a once a fortnight output by some prolific researchers.

  11. Wiley says:

    Influence of pediatric vaccines on amygdala growth and opioid ligand binding in rhesus macaque infants: A pilot study.
    Hewitson L1, Lopresti BJ, Stott C, Mason NS, Tomko J.
    Author information
    This longitudinal, case-control pilot study examined amygdala growth in rhesus macaque infants receiving the complete US childhood vaccine schedule (1994-1999). Longitudinal structural and functional neuroimaging was undertaken to examine central effects of the vaccine regimen on the developing brain. Vaccine-exposed and saline-injected control infants underwent MRI and PET imaging at approximately 4 and 6 months of age, representing two specific timeframes within the vaccination schedule. Volumetric analyses showed that exposed animals did not undergo the maturational changes over time in amygdala volume that was observed in unexposed animals. After controlling for left amygdala volume, the binding of the opioid antagonist [(11)C]diprenorphine (DPN) in exposed animals remained relatively constant over time, compared with unexposed animals, in which a significant decrease in [(11)C]DPN binding occurred. These results suggest that maturational changes in amygdala volume and the binding capacity of [(11)C]DPN in the amygdala was significantly altered in infant macaques receiving the vaccine schedule.
    The macaque infant is a relevant animal model in which to investigate specific environmental exposures and structural/functional neuroimaging during neurodevelopment
    THE AMYGDALA is a critical area of the brain linked to aberrant behaviors in autism

    Donald Trump is brilliant. Love his courage. He’s smarter than you think. Yes, he doesn’t understand the biology behind what he says, but he still speaks the truth. It’s ironic that alleged “educated” people still believe that vaccines can’t damage some infant’s brains by suppressing normal maturation of brain cells, as indicated in this excellent study. There is no doubt vaccines can and do alter brain chemistry. How that leads to autism depends on how much damage was done. In case you haven’t read the research, not every vaccination is the same. Sometimes, the manufacturer messes up. They “overfill” the vials. That means SOME babies, infants and even adults, get MORE than is considered SAFE. It’

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