We posted earlier this week about how Jenny McCarthy‘s organization, Generation Rescue, was sponsoring an Autism Education Summit this weekend in Dallas, Texas. It’s a weekend dedicated to spouting the myth that vaccines lead to autism, a view that has spread in large part due to McCarthy and her friends. The conference also pushes a lot of unproven, untested “cures” for autism — which also adds to the stigma that autism is something that needs curing.
I thought that was all appalling enough. But leave it to Donald Trump to add another awful wrinkle to the story.
The Daily Beast‘s Tim Mak reports that the Trump Foundation, the alleged slush fund that Trump barely gives any money to and has used to pay off his personal legal debts, gave $10,000 to McCarthy’s organization in 2010.
Even in the primary debates, he argued that the vaccination schedule ought to be delayed, a belief that doctors say is unsafe and unnecessary.
“Autism has become an epidemic… I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time,” Trump said, before rambling on about a child who “went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.”
His foundation’s donation suggests that Trump isn’t just spreading conspiracy theories on Twitter. He’s directly funding the spread of misinformation that will make America sicker and less safe.
Why worry about a giant wall when Trump’s beliefs could hurt Americans from the inside?
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