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The president’s tweet wasn’t personalized; he simply tweeted the headline of the story and a link.
“World Autism Awareness Day 2019: Significance, history and theme via @htTweets,” the president wrote, with a mobile link to the story.
However, Trump has skirted the line with the conspiracy theory that vaccines cause autism.
In 2014, he tweeted:
“Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn’t feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!”
After the president’s tweet about World Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, his 2014 tweet resurfaced.
Are you trying to create a new childhood polio epidemic, Donald? https://t.co/ZMyH3vmjs2— Chris Coles (@kriskoles1) April 2, 2019
Despite the inherent danger to children and public safety in this tweet, it is utterly inappropriate considering the office he is squatting in. Further, he has once again demonstrated his ignorance and his illiteracy. https://t.co/NpzbTmNZmI— Eileen (@kahlanamnell77) April 2, 2019
This comment by itself should have been disqualifying. https://t.co/Mz1kcbSR9a— Josh Junker (@jwjunker) April 2, 2019
The Urban Myth President. https://t.co/OlWb7yqSFZ— Martin Sullivan (@martysullivanjr) April 2, 2019
From 5 yrs ago.....but still not surprised. This has been proved false many times over🤦♂️🤦♂️🤦♂️😡😡😡 https://t.co/EElh52VsFo— W̶a̶l̶t̶e̶r̶ ̶S̶o̶b̶c̶h̶e̶k̶ (@__elDuderino_) April 2, 2019
The now-president repeated his small doses claims during a Republican primary debate in 2015.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).