Donald Trump chose the fifth annual World Autism Awareness Day to reveal on Fox News that he strongly believes that autism is linked to childhood vaccines (video below).
In a Monday interview on Fox News, Trump said: “I’ve seen people where they have a perfectly healthy child, and they go for the vaccinations and a month later the child is no longer healthy. It happened to somebody that worked for me recently. I mean, they had this beautiful child, not a problem in the world, and all of the sudden they go in and they get this monster shot."
"You ever see the size of it? It’s like they’re pumping in — you know, it’s terrible, the amount. And they pump this in to this little body and then all of the sudden the child is different a month later. I strongly believe that’s it.”
However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that children who developed autism had less exposure to vaccines that contained mercury.
A 1998 article, published by British medical journal The Lancet, that linked autism to vaccinations was retracted in 2010 after it was discovered that the study’s author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, had been paid by a lawyer suing vaccine makers.