Health Care

Donald Trump Pushes Debunked Autism-Vaccine Conspiracy Theory

| by Michael Allen

Real estate mogul and TV reality star Donald Trump has made headlines in the past by suggesting President Obama is not an American citizen and by promoting a widely-debunked conspiracy theory that vaccinations can cause autism in children.

Undeterred by scientific facts, Trump once again pushed this false vaccination-autism theory on Twitter yesterday.

Trump tweeted, "Autism WAY UP - I believe in vaccinations but not massive, all at once, shots. Too much for small child to handle. Govt. should stop NOW!"

Trump also tweeted, "If I were President I would push for proper vaccinations but would not allow one time massive shots that a small child cannot take - AUTISM."

According to, Trump was likely referring to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that diagnosed cases of autism have increased by 30 percent in two years in American children.

The Associated Press reports that the CDC believes this is increase is because "doctors, teachers and parents are increasingly likely to say a child with learning and behavior problems is autistic."

There is no medical evidence that supports the vaccination-causes-autism theory, notes the CDC.

In response to Trump, CNN's Jake Tapper tweeted, "This kind of message is dangerous."

NBC New York recently reported on a measles outbreak in New York City because of a lack of vaccinations.

Sources: CNN,, Associated Press, Twitter, NBC New York