What unites Trump and RFK Jr. is a scary denial that they’re anti-vaxxers. | Circa January 10, 2017

They present their skepticism of established science as reasonable. And that makes their views even scarier.

By SUSAN MATTHEWS

JAN 10, 20175:35 PM

This post has been updated with new information since it was originally published.

President-elect Donald Trump met with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Tuesday morning, a sit-down that might at first seem odd: One, after all, is a Democratic scion and environmental lawyer, while the other is about to be the world’s only climate change–denying head of state. As recently as August 2016, RFK Jr. referred to Trump as “dangerous” and “a demagogue,” but now they’re conspiring over common ground: They both refuse to accept the science on vaccination.

Apparently it went swimmingly. Soon after the meeting, Reuters correspondent Ginger Gibson tweeted that RFK Jr. said Trump “asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety and he agreed.” (According to pool reports, Kennedy said “He asked me to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity.”) Trump’s team later said that while the PEOTUS “enjoyed the discussion,” no formal offer had been made, stating “The President-elect is exploring the possibility of forming a committee on Autism, which affects so many families; however no decisions have been made at this time.” More alarming than the fact that these statements contradict each other is the fact that in referencing the same potential committee, Kennedy describes it as a “vaccine safety committee,” while Trump’s team calls it a “committee on Autism.” This reinforces the false idea that there is a link between the two. […]

Source: What unites Trump and RFK Jr. is a scary denial that they’re anti-vaxxers.



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