Claremont McKenna Professor: Politicians Demonize Autism

CLAREMONT >> The issue of autism has popped up repeatedly during the 2016 presidential campaign: Donald Trump has blamed it on vaccines, Rand Paul has arguably suggested the same and Carly Fiorina has suggested making vaccines optional as a result. “Autism politics is like faculty politics on crystal meth,” said Jack Pitney, a professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College.

That the disorder has somehow become part of the political conversation isn’t a surprise to Pitney, whose new book, “The Politics of Autism: Navigating The Contested Spectrum,” was published in August. professor“The idea that vaccines cause autism has been thoroughly discredited, but nevertheless, it has a large and loyal following,” he said. Read more.