Donald Trump and science: WTF is he on?

Alan Martin on the Trumpster’s record on science. TL;DR: It’s not pretty.

I recently wrote a longish read about Jeremy Corbyn and his scientific voting record. It was quite finely balanced, because he has a lot of strong views endorsed by scientists, and a lot that seem to owe more to political dogma than following the evidence.

Across the pond is Donald Trump — the 100% naturally haired front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, and former Apprentice host. Sometimes unfairly mentioned in the same breath as Corbyn as an anti-politics vote, he’s far easier to pigeonhole. It’s not just that he doesn’t care about science, he seems to revel in ignoring the eggheads and talking straight.

While he doesn’t have a voting record to carefully examine, he does have an extremely loud mouth, as the tweets collected below by Mother Jones demonstrate. This will be a much shorter piece.

Donald Trump on climate change:

First off, Trump doesn’t believe in climate change. Why? Who the hell knows? He goes a bit beyond the usual pseudo-scientific denial, though…

The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012

Oh boy.

NBC News just called it the great freeze — coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2014

Seriously?

Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2014

Jesus wept.

Donald Trump on vaccinations:

The link between vaccinations and autism is nonsense. People who decide not to get their children vaccinated are bringing back diseases that have long since been eradicated including measles and whooping cough. Any guess where Trump will land on this?

I am being proven right about massive vaccinations%u2014the doctors lied. Save our children & their future.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 3, 2014

Oh for fu…

I’m not against vaccinations for your children, I’m against them in 1 massive dose.Spread them out over a period of time & autism will drop!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014

Oh, thanks Professor.

So many people who have children with autism have thanked me%u2014amazing response. They know far better than fudged up reports!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014

I can’t remember the last time anyone thanked me for medical advice, but then I’m not a doctor. Oh wait.

Donald Trump on Ebola:

During the Ebola outbreak in Africa, a couple of patients were transported to America for treatment. Experts said that there was very low risk of the disease spreading with proper protections in place (the NHS explains that person-to-person transmission is via blood, body fluids or organ contact), and Doctors without Borders argued that quarantine could make things worse, but Professor Trump wasn’t convinced.

Ebola is much easier to transmit than the CDC and government representatives are admitting. Spreading all over Africa-and fast. Stop flights
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2014

TL;DR: Trump makes his own science. It isn’t peer-reviewed.

Image: iprimages, used under Creative Commons.


Originally published at www.alphr.com.