Vaccines and Stupid People in Positions of Power

Voters in Tennessee last month elected Mark Green, a doctor, to Congress.

It looks like those voters did a very stupid thing.

At a town hall meeting last month, Green told his constituents he believes vaccines may cause autism.

More precisely, he suggested that

…there was some concern that the rise in autism is the result of the preservatives that are in our vaccines.

He also accused the Centers for Disease Control of fraudulently managing data that might reveal that vaccines cause autism.

The situation today: ZERO evidence that this causes autism

Confronted with the gravity of what he told his constituents, Green doubled down on his accusation, explaining that

There appears to be some evidence that as vaccine numbers increase, rates of autism increase. We need better research, and we need it fast.

Of course, the absence of that research didn’t stop Green from making his statement anyway and he has yet to cite any evidence to support his claim.  Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?  His “…there was some concern” statement is exactly what Trump does:  pick up on what someone else is saying, regardless of whether there’s any truth to it, and insist that it’s a legitimate basis for pursuing something that’s stupid or dead wrong.

Speaking of Individual 1, in 2017 he nominated Green to be Secretary of the Army but after folks got wind of his controversial statements about LGBTQ issues (that psychiatrists call “transgender a disease” and expressing his support of businesses that wish to discriminate against transgender customers), Islam (referring to former President Obama as “B Hussein Obama” and insisting that when public schools teach about religion they should exclude Islam except to refer to a “Muslim horde”), and evolution (he’s sticking with a literal interpretation of the bible’s version), he withdrew from the nomination.

But none of that mattered to the fine, upstanding voters of Tennessee, who have given to the rest of us a person in power and with meaningful credentials who now intends to use that power and the authority of those credentials to spread profoundly bad information that could potentially cause serious damage.

It almost makes one long for the days when the biggest anti-vaccine threat out there was only a former Playboy centerfold.

 

 

 

 

 

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