While running for President, Donald Trump, sat down for an interview with Full Measure’s Sharyl Attkisson. The interview features 20 minutes of Trump being asked about in-depth various issues. Trump’s response to Attkinson was a reaffirmation of his desire to see more done in research between any connections between vaccines and autism.
Attkissson: What’s your position on freedom of choice regarding various vaccines that could be dangerous for some children and why is the mere discussion of making vaccines safe censored?
Trump: “It’s the most unbelievable discussion I’ve ever been involved in. If you say anything about vaccines that is like slightly holding back, the hate mail, the level of vitriol, it’s incredible when you see it. First of all, I’m a big believer in vaccines. But there could something to the theory that these massive doses that are given to children have an impact on autism. There could be something to it. Now some people say no, some people say yes, I’d like to see studies. The bottom line is they have to get vaccinated. When I was going to school as a young guy, polio was a really big problem and vaccines knocked it out. So the vaccines are very important, but we have to study the vaccines and we have to be very, very careful with vaccines.(source)”ADVERTISEMENT
During a GOP debate last September, Trump responded similarly when asked about vaccines and autism.
“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.”
He added: “Just the other day, 2 years old, 2½ years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” Trump did not elaborate on whose child he was talking about.
So the question remains, will the anti-vaccination community ever decide to embrace Donald Trump? So far, Trump is the only remaining candidate with a legitimate opportunity at the presidency who believes strongly in parental choice and feels that vaccine and autism research needs more support. Trumps extraordinarily low numbers with women suggest that so far, the answer is no. To Trump’s credit, he continues to prove that regarding this particular issue, he is rather unwavering.