Several outright lies were told during the debate Wednesday that went unchallenged. Several of them will have long-lasting fallout if the majority of the people watching believe them.
Trump declared that he knew of a 2 year old who “caught” autism right after receiving vaccinations. No medical evidence has ever been established regarding vaccinations and autism. According to the Washington Post opinion:
There were a lot of half-truths and out-right falsehoods peddled at CNN’s Republican debate Wednesday night, but perhaps the most damaging among them was the assertion by Donald Trump that childhood vaccinations cause autism, and others’ skepticism about the safety of the vaccine schedule set out by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It was particularly galling watching two physicians who are president candidates, Ben Carson and Rand Paul, pander when they clearly know better.
Where were the 2 doctors when Trump was making his bold claim? Carson equivocated rather than just calling BS. Rand Paul was silent. Trump told an irresponsible lie. His opponents who were in a position to challenge him, didn’t. Shame on all three of them.
Carly Fiorina also lied. She challenged to Hillary to watch a fabricated video of a fully-formed baby with kicking legs being dismembered for its brain. She lost all credibility on that one. There is no such video of such any such event.
Shame on her. She has a lot going for her as a candidate. I have scratched her off my list because of her lie. That is not how stem cell research works.
Hopefully, the more reasonable, truthful Republicans will bump off the wannabes.