In an attempt to look less crazy, Donald Trump has hired a new spokesperson who in lieu of reality star creds like Katrina Pierson has an actual executive background.
Yet, Elizabeth Emken’s ability to bend the truth was almost immediately put to the test when she was asked on CNN about Trump’s statements on autism and vaccines.
Although he has dialed it down recently, Trump has openly linked vaccines to autism, most recently during September’s GOP debate.
For her part, Emken is a former Executive Director of Autism Speaks, Back in 2014, the autism awareness group announced that after a huge meta-analysis of ten studies, there was no correlation between autism and vaccines.
Yet when asked, Emken seemed to suggest that Trump might be right, because Autism Speaks doesn’t know.
“The position of Autism Speaks has been for quite awhile that we need to find out what’s happening,” she opined. “We know there’s a genetic component and there’s an environmental trigger and until we get to the bottom of what’s happening, no one knows what causes autism. Anyone that tells you what does or what doesn’t cause autism is simply not basing that on facts.”
Yet, in 2014, Autism Speaks made their statement that autism and vaccines were not linked based on a lot of facts, a combination of 10 studies involving 1.2 million children.
Trump, on the other hand, was basing his information on something he heard from a friend.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014