Memo to the GOP: Anti-Science Rhetoric Is Ignorant, Not Conservative

Donald Trump is waging a war on science. After facing universal condemnation by the scientifically literate for linking childhood vaccinations to the onset of autism at a recent gathering of GOP candidates at the Ronald Reagan Library (I have refused to call these events “debates”), Trump appeared on conservative Hugh Hewitt’s radio show to discuss environmental policy.

When Hewitt asked Trump about climate change, the GOP frontrunner responded that he “did not believe in global warming,” and qualified his opinion with pseudo-science on climate fluctuations dating back to the 1920s.

He eventually found a way to pivot to his typical nativist rhetoric from the campaign trail, sharing that, instead of global warming, he was much more concerned about the “nuclear warming” of rogue states and Putin’s Russia. What exactly Trump was referencing, I am not sure.

What I am sure of, however, is that Trump’s war against science is not one that he is fighting alone. On the same stage as Trump, two distinguished physicians — Rand Paul (an ophthalmologist) and Ben Carson (a pediatric neurosurgeon) — seemed to reach a brief moment of consensus with the real estate mogul that vaccinations ought to be spread out and taken in lower doses, even though scientists suggest that this protocol could lead to great health risks for the children receiving them.

Earlier in CNN’s marathon coverage, presidential hopeful Marco Rubio denounced any government action against climate change, explaining that middle-class Americans couldn’t afford an increase in energy prices and that “America is not a planet.” Chris Christie, when prompted to comment, agreed with Rubio’s unwillingness to risk economic growth for “chasing a left-wing idea.”

Ironically, these responses were given in front of the retired Air Force One of a president who —> Read More