Over the past decade, Donald Trump has been an advocate for more research into the link between vaccines and autism. During the first Republican debate, Trump said, “Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control,” Trump said. “I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump—I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.”
And now, he’s got the ear of the Republican party.
According to a study conducted by The Daily Beast, Donald Trump has become a highly influential component in the anti-vaccination movement inside of the Republican party.
A new study, conducted for The Daily Beast by a researcher at Washington State University, found a relationship between Republican party affiliation and anti-vaccine sentiment. Survey participants who didn’t plan to vaccinate themselves or their families most often named Donald Trump as a public figure they thought shared their views.
It was also noted in the study that many Democrats don’t vaccinate their children either (maybe Trump has more influence across party lines than anyone is willing to admit). Trump’s ‘no fear’ approach to the vaccine issue has garnered him a great deal of respect around the nation, whereas most people fear intimidation and bullying tactics when questioning vaccines. Trump could potentially be the first anti-vaccination President in history if elected.
How important would this be? Trump would serve as a point of influence for medical freedom in the face of growing legislation running counter. State after state is proposing mandatory vaccination bills. Soon, I would expect pharma to push legislation which forces children to get mental evaluations and inevitably be placed on Ritalin (and the likes). We need more power from less corrupted sources in more powerful places. Trump would be a wonderful start.