At least one prominent Democrat supports banning vaccines that he says cause autism.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was profiled in 2014 by The Washington Post on his failing crusade to end vaccines with thimerosal. He even got meetings with a top Democratic Senator to discuss the issue.
In fairness to Kennedy he wasn’t alone in calling for a ban of thimerosal in vaccines. In 2004 legislation pending in Congress to eliminate thimerosal from vaccines had 30 Democratic and 23 Republican co-sponsors, including Reps. Sheila Jackson-Lee, Steve Israel, the head of the Democratic Congressional Committee, and Anthony Weiner.
In June 2005, Kennedy authored articles in Rolling Stone and Salon.com alleging a government and pharmaceutical company wide conspiracy to cover up connections between thimerosal and childhood autism. The pieces were ultimately deleted or removed from both websites.
Kennedy remains a hero to the far left. He’s called for jailing “climate change deniers.”
— Joe Hefferon (@HefferonJoe) February 3, 2015
But he’s still routinely featured among left-wing publications and programs despite his anti-science views.
The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart gave Kennedy a sympathetic interview to promote his anti-vaccines views in 2005.
Fortunately some liberals have called on Kennedy but not nearly as many as you might expect.
— Tanvi Madan (@tanvi_madan) February 3, 2015
— Laura Helmuth (@laurahelmuth) February 2, 2015