Over the weekend, a group of anti-vaccine activists gathered outside CDC headquarters to protest the manufactured controversy of the “CDC Whistleblower.” They had all of the usual anti-vaccine tropes. “Vaccines cause autism.” “There are too many vaccines given too soon to too many babies in too many places.” “Andrew Wakefield was right.” And so on.
Some of the conspiracy nuts there went as far as to say that a maintenance man who was cleaning a nearby wall was “literally” spraying them with water. No, seriously:
Lucky for us, a skeptic was nearby with his handy iPhone and recorded the whole thing. Get ready for a yawn:
Remember that anti-vaccine activists don’t let reality get in the way.
Speaking of delusional, one of the speakers at the rally of about 100 people (because most people were stuck on buses on the way there, apparently), was one Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Mr. Kennedy has gone deep, deep down the well of conspiracy theories. He is so far gone that he believes that he was vaccine injured. He believes that several people in his family were vaccine injured. If you can stomach it, listen to his speech at the rally:
He sounds a little disjointed to me. What do you think?
Anyway, aside from all the misinformation he imparts, the anecdotes and the outright lies, part of his spiel is that he wants to be sued by CDC scientists. He wants to be sued so that “the truth” comes out at trial. His followers are spreading this “dare” on social media:
When he said that, people in the audience lost their collective minds.
The rest of the speakers gave out all of the usual anti-vaccine lies, and some even engaged in race-baiting (as did RFK Jr.) by saying that CDC knowingly “killed” (yes, they said “kill”) African American children.
But, no, Bobby Junior, no one is going to sue you. You’re going to be allowed to say these lies over and over again because of one simple reason: SCIENCE IS NOT SETTLED IN THE COURTS. From evolution to climate change, no amount of jury opinions or judgments will change the science. You can speak lawyer-speak until you’re blue in the face, and you will will not change the science of vaccines. You can continue to lie as much as you want because lies don’t change reality.
Vaccines save lives, Bobby Junior. Stop being silly.