Donald Trump’s Year in Science Denialism

Donald Trump’s Year in Science Denialism January 3, 2015

Mother Jones looks at some of the worst anti-science nonsense from 2014 and none other than Donald Trump leads the way with egregiously and dangerously stupid statements about global warming, vaccines and autism, and the Ebola virus. It was quite a year for him.

You can always count on The Donald to pull no punches. He got started early this year, when he pointed to freezing temperatures in parts of the country as evidence that “this very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop” and then told Fox News that the global warming “hoax” was merely the result of scientists “having a lot of fun.”

In September, Trump went on a Twitter screed linking vaccines to autism. A month earlier, he fanned the flames of unscientific Ebola panic when he objected to efforts to bring American health care workers infected with the virus back the the US for treatment. “The U.S. cannot allow EBOLA infected people back,” he tweeted. “People that go to far away places to help out are great-but must suffer the consequences!” Health care experts, meanwhile, insisted that the risk was minimal; the two patients Trump was talking about were ultimately brought back to the US and successfully treated without infecting anyone else. Let’s just stick to real estate and beauty pageants, Donald, shall we?

It is a testament to the utter ridiculousness of American political culture that Donald Trump is anything but a political punchline. But if you’re rich and famous, there will never be a shortage of people who will take you seriously even if you’re a rank ignoramus.

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