Anti-Vaxxer Trump Claims Immigrants are Bringing Back Previously Eliminated Diseases

Perhaps in an effort to recapture the magic after his ho-hum VP pick of Mike Pence, Donald Trump joined conservative radio host Michael Savage for some good old fashioned, Nazi-style immigrant bashing.

According to Savage, President Obama “has not only been flooding America with immigrants who cannot or will not work, he’s bringing in people who have brought back illnesses that were once basically eliminated in America,” and Trump agreed, saying “the people are pouring into this country and, in many cases they’re not well people.”

It is an obscenity to hear this diseased-immigrant screed coming from a raging anti-vaxxer like Michael Savage, because of course, it is anti-vaxxers themselves who are shepherding these diseases back into our lives, not immigrants.

Listen courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

SAVAGE: “It’s a disaster to bring in diseased immigrants, don’t you agree?”
TRUMP: “Well that’s what’s happening, and people don’t like talking about it and certainly it’s not politically correct to talk about it and that’s why they don’t do it, because everything we do today has to do with political correctness. If something’s a little bit off, off just a little bit, they say, ‘Oh, please don’t mention that.’ Even my people tell me ‘don’t mention that’ and I decide to mention things anyway, even though I know it’s going to end up being a firestorm I mention them anyway. But there’s something that’s one of the other elements, and the people are pouring into this country and, in many cases they’re not well people, in many respects.”

Actually, people do talk about it, and they should not, not because of political correctness but because it’s not factually correct.

You hate to say these two are lying, but they’re lying like rugs and the truth is not in them. The ADL gives the facts about this oft-repeated myth:

Although people have claimed that undocumented immigrants have brought diseases to the U.S., including measles, hepatitis C, HIV, tuberculosis, and even ebola, the allegations are not supported by science or medicine. There is no evidence that immigrants have been the source of any modern outbreaks in the U.S. According to the World Health Organization, 113 countries, including many countries in Latin America, have higher vaccination rates for 1-year-olds than the U.S. Mexico, for example, has a 99 percent vaccination rate for measles while Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have around a 93 percent vaccination rate. The vaccination rate in the U.S., by comparison, is approximately 92 percent. The vast majority of immigrants arriving in the U.S. have been screened for health issues.

Of course Trump agrees, being an anti-vaxxer himself. We haven’t heard the last of this by a long shot. We are reminded by Media Matters that last October, Michael Savage and Donald Trump agreed that the NIH is terrible, that autism is “a fraud, a racket,” PTSD and depression sufferers are “losers,” and the conversation ended with an offer from Trump to put Savage in charge of the NIH:

SAVAGE: We have such corruption right now in science itself that there’s virtually almost no real honest science anymore and the best evidence I have for that is the fake global warming research. Almost every study comes out that’s warped. It’s all corrupt. Again Donald, I’m going to put it out because I keep saying it because people are hearing it. When you become president, I want you to consider appointing me to head of the NIH. I will make sure that America has real science and real medicine again in this country because I know the corruption. I know how to clean it up and I know how to make real research work again.
TRUMP: I think that’s great. And I think that frankly —
SAVAGE: No, I would leave radio for that. Donald, I would take a cut in pay that would be astronomical, but I would do it for this country. You could pay me a dollar a year and I would do it, just to make sure we have real science and medicine.
TRUMP: Well, you know you’d get common sense if that were the case, that I can tell you, because I hear so much about the NIH and it’s terrible. [Cumulus Media Networks, The Savage Nation, 10/6/15]

If you thought things looked bad with regards the economy, think about the fact that you have to be alive to experience an economic crash. If Trump were to win, and Savage were to have any say at all, you wouldn’t have to worry about bodies plummeting from windows overhead because you’d be gasping your last in a refugee tent somewhere praying for the good old days of Obama death panels to put a quick end to it.

When Game of Thrones character Melisendre says “the night is dark and full of terrors,” she ain’t kidding.

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