The media are reporting the following exchange at a The Donald rally in New Hampshire:
New Hampshire man to Trump at event:
“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know he’s not even an American. We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”
Trump in response:
“We’re going to be looking at a lot of things. A lot of people are saying there are bad things happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and a lot of other things.”
There’s a lot of crazy in that question. The most appropriate answer to that question would be, “My friend, you need help. Get counseling.” But if, as is the case with The Donald, the crazies are your constituency, then you’re not likely to do the appropriate thing. Instead, you do the expedient thing: you feed the crazies.
As a consequence, this New Hampshire nut-job, and anyone who thinks like them, now feel validated. This delusional potential voter now thinks that he’s right because, from his twisted point of view, The Donald, currently the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, “agreed” with him. He must be right!
The Donald, for all his many faults, can’t be blamed for the crazies. But he can be fairly accused of feeding the crazies, and that’s a very dangerous course of action. And that’s not the only instance of The Donald feeding the crazies.
The Donald believes that childhood vaccinations can induce autism. There is no, none,zero, qualified science to support that very dangerous claim. Trump announced on Twitter, his unsupported theory that people should spread out childhood vaccines.
There’s ample scientific evidence that “spreading out vaccines” is orders of magnitude more dangerous than the vaccines themselves. Delaying vaccinations creates increased risk for the children who go unvaccinated during their period of greatest risk from vaccine-preventable disease. Scientific American reports,
No evidence to date reveals any benefits to delaying vaccines. A study in 2010 showed that children who received delayed vaccinations performed no better at ages seven to 10 on behavioral and cognitive assessments than children who received their vaccines on time. “There was not a single outcome for which the delayed group did better,” observes Michael Smith, the pediatric infectious disease specialist at the University of Louisville who led that study.
So The Donald’s position on childhood vaccination isn’t just wrong, it’s dangerously wrong, a denial of science and exposes to children to greater risk for a senseless reason. It’s crazy. But it is endorsed by the Donald. Because the crazies are an important part of his constituency.
Republicans famously claim to offer a “big tent” for voters. While WC is dubious there is a tent on the planet big enough to cover The Donald’s ego, apparently that “Big Tent” is capacious enough to include the anti-science, anti-intellectual crazies, the Dunning-Kruger challenged nitwits and anyone not capable of critical thinking.
And so The Donald feeds the crazies. He needs to be held accountable for the consequences.