Like a cockroach that just won’t die, this “news” though it started circulating months ago, has crept out from the crevices behind the toilet to horrify people anew:
“Donald Trump plans to appoint a radio host who has spoken poorly of autistic children as NIH director.”
Seriously? When I heard it I was horrified.
So I researched it.
It’s problematic if not outright false.
Let’s look at the facts of the matter.
Michael Savage is a conservative right wing radio show host.
Michael Savage it also an asshat.
He has in fact said that autism
“is an over diagnosed medical condition. In my readings, there is no definitive medical diagnosis for autism.” As well as that “99 percent of the cases” of autism were a result of lax parenting. He told his audience: “They don’t have a father around to tell them, ‘Don’t act like a moron. You’ll get nowhere in life.'” Among the other admonitions he felt children with autism should be hearing, he said, were: “‘Straighten up. Act like a man. Don’t sit there crying and screaming, idiot.'”
Donald Trump is an asshat.
We could get into why but ya know, the evidence as to why is overwhelming, and those who can’t see it, wont be swayed by me.
In regards to autism he has implied a link between vaccination and autism though those theories have been disproved.
Michael Savage when interviewing Trump expressed interest in becoming head of the NIH. (National Institute of Health)
There is no evidence that either one was being in the least bit serious and NO official statement to that effect has been made.
Want to know more?
Here is the Snopes page concerning it.