At a screening in Sacramento, California for a film that links autism to the vaccine preservative thimerosal, outspoken vaccine-denier Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warned a rapt audience that public health officials are not to be trusted.
“They can put anything they want in that vaccine and they have no accountability for it,” said Kennedy, who received a standing ovation at the Crest Theater in Sacramento.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Kennedy has credited the film Trace Amounts with helping to persuade lawmakers to halt a vaccination measure in Oregon. Advocates offered free Trace Amounts tickets to every California lawmaker, visiting offices in the State Capitol on Monday to drop them off. Three rows cordoned off for lawmakers sat empty on Wednesday evening, though some staff members attended.
“I think it is dangerous that he is spreading misinformation about something that’s very important for public health,” Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), a pediatrician, said in an interview. “Autism rates have continued to rise even though we are not using thimerosal in vaccines for children. We still haven’t figured out exactly what causes autism. We do know it’s not vaccines.”
But untold numbers of parents still believe there’s a massive conspiracy involving the pharmaceutical industry and health officials. According to the SacBee’s report, when Kennedy asked the crowd of a few hundred viewers how many parents had a child injured by vaccines, numerous hands went up.
“They get the shot, that night they have a fever of a hundred and three, they go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone,” Kennedy said. “This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”