During an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Tuesday morning, Donald Trump continued is legacy of saying incredibly dumb things about vaccines.
Echoing comments he’s made in the past that called for a halt to government vaccination programs, Trump said that although he remains “totally pro-vaccine,” he’s personally seen vaccines cause “horrible autism” in children.
“I’ve known people that had totally magnificent children, functioning a hundred percent, everything beautiful, smart as a whip, and they go for this shot and get this shot of this massive dose, of everything at one time, and they end up with horrible autism,” Trump said.
Trump went on to repeat several more times during the interview that he’s seen children go from being “exceptional” to “autistic” on more than one occasion.
“It’s amazing that it’s never discussed,” he added, claiming that he’s gotten thanks from people who are “incensed in terms of what’s going on with vaccines.”
But then directly contradicting himself, Trump said that he was “a huge fan of vaccines” but just wants to see them given in smaller doses.
Ingraham made sure to point out that science has debunked anti-vaxx claims, but catered to Trump’s musings by adding that she didn’t like how parents who question vaccines are “excoriated” by the media. Then, ignoring the fact that recent disease resurgences were triggered by white, wealthy West Coasters, she chose to regurgitate a popular conservative line that blames immigrants.
“You hear nary a word about them about the unvaccinated people crossing our border en masse over the past twenty years,” Ingraham said at one point during the show.
In March of last year, Trump was slammed on Twitter after he tweeted out a similar message that blamed autism in children on vaccines.
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