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Donald Trump claims he has the 'cure' for autism during Republican debate

Christina Marfice

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Christina is a reporter based in Boise, Idaho. She's a veteran vegetarian, a political junkie and a huge grammar snob. On the weekends, she can usually be found binging on Netflix, playing the piano or petting her cats, Daisy and Dandelion.

Twitter wants Donald Trump punched in the face for his autism and vaccination remarks

Has Donald Trump finally gone too far?

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Never mind his blatant racism and degrading, threatening statements about women — including his opponents in the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 — during Wednesday night's Republican debate, Trump finally said something that may lose him some fans: He thinks vaccines cause autism.

The imaginary link between vaccines and autism has been around for decades — and celebrities like Jenny McCarthy and other politicians like Senator John McCain have publicly said they believe there's a connection between early childhood vaccines and autism.

But science is pretty clear on this one. One study — one, that has since been refuted — found a link between the two. Countless studies since have shown there's no evidence supporting the supposed connection.

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Still, that didn't stop Trump from sharing his own, non-medically based opinion on network television during the debate, and Twitter immediately exploded with unhappy viewers.

Some viewers were even moved to physical violence by the sheer stupidity of Trump's remark.

The scary thing is that as long as celebrities like Trump keep spreading misinformation about vaccines, parents will choose not to vaccinate their children based on that misinformation, contributing to the spread of dangerous diseases.

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Do you support Donald Trump? And if so, do his remarks at the debate change your mind? Head down to the comments and tell us what you think.

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