In an effort to stop the measles outbreak in California, over 1000 students and staff at UCLA and Cal State Los Angeles are under quarantine after having been possibly exposed to the virus:
More than 1,000 students and staffers remain under quarantine as the measles outbreak spread across two of California’s biggest state universities. @mollymhunter has the story. pic.twitter.com/3trdVAQGvl
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 27, 2019
President Trump urged people to get vaccinated before he left for the NRA convention on Friday, saying “They have to get the shot. The vaccinations are so important.”
President Trump on measles outbreak: "They have to get the shot. The vaccinations are so important." pic.twitter.com/C3ZMJ4Srf1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 26, 2019
Obama bro Tommy Vietor, however, is mad that the coverage is apolitical and blamed the president for the outbreak, calling Trump “the world’s most famous anti-vaxxer”:
The measles outbreak coverage is oddly apolitical. Blame for ebola was placed squarely on Obama (including by Trump). Meanwhile, Trump is the world's most famous anti-vaxxer and is clearly part of the problem
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) April 26, 2019
Yes, the president has tweeted before on autism and vaccinations, but he’s never been totally against vaccinations:
So many people don’t understand I am a big proponent of vaccines for children—just not in one massive dose—spread them out over time.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 9, 2014
To all haters and losers: I am NOT anti-vaccine, but I am against shooting massive doses into tiny children. Spread shots out over time.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 29, 2014
For comparison purposes on dates, Sally Kohn wrote in 2015 that she didn’t get her daughter vaccinated and that she regretted it. She wrote back then:
So to be honest, when my mom—a mathematician with a fast Internet connection who I love deeply and trust implicitly—sent us a 46-page report on the pros but mostly cons of vaccines, it just seemed like one less decision to make. “In most cases the risk of harm to a healthy, breast-fed infant from a vaccination far exceeds the risk of harm from the disease itself,” my mom wrote on page 1.
The following pages seemed very convincing. The statistics made it look like it was far more likely for our daughter to be hurt by the side effects of the vaccines than to catch the various diseases against which the vaccines protected. We didn’t consult any other sources. We were overwhelmed, and perhaps slightly lazy, new parents.
We were also singularly, obsessively concerned with the health and safety of our baby girl. Suddenly my partner and I were solely in charge of an entire human being, one who seemed somehow more fragile than other babies we’d known, because this one was relying on no one but us for her sustenance and survival.
But, sure . . . blame Trump.