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TX OBSERVER: Anti-Vaxxers are Claiming Victory After Texas Primaries. Will Their Influence Grow?

Lisa Luby Ryan and State Representative Jason Villalba COURTESY FACEBOOK, JASON VILLALBA

At around midnight on primary night in Dallas, Lisa Luby Ryan was flanked by two leaders of Texans for Vaccine Choice, arms raised, cheering.

“We just got a call from Representative [Jason] Villalba, who conceded to us and wished us well,” said Ryan, the far-right challenger to the GOP incumbent. Jackie Schlegel, executive director of Texans for Vaccine Choice, and Rebecca Hardy, its state policy director, wore Ryan campaign shirts and huge grins. “Victory!” they shouted.

Schlegel’s feud with Villalba began in 2015, when the Dallas Republican led legislation, ultimately unsuccessful, to eliminate nonmedical “conscience exemptions” for vaccination in public schools. A mother who says one of her kids was injured by vaccines, Schlegel created the now-influential group, which she argues is not anti-vaccine but pro-parental rights. In the months before the primary, members of the group block-walked, raised funds and posted on social media in support of Ryan and other candidates.

“I am so proud of the work we have done here,” Schlegel said to Ryan, who noted that she couldn’t have won “without my amazing group of moms who believe in the power of family.”

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In February, the moderate-ish Villalba told the Observer the anti-vaxxers were “so insignificant to my campaign … they’re as important to me as the Flat Earth Society.” But he ended up losing his seat by about 6 percentage points — Texans for Vaccine Choice’s biggest win.

Whether the group was responsible for defeating Villalba may be less relevant than whether lawmakers believe it was. Representative Sarah Davis, another target of anti-vaxxers, said Texans for Vaccine Choice has “bullied and intimidated” many of her colleagues. She said she couldn’t get hearings on her pro-vaccine bills last session.

Davis defeated her own far-right primary challenger, Susanna Dokupil, and anti-vaccine activists’ bid to take down Representative J.D. Sheffield, a Republican doctor, also failed. But Schlegel called Ryan’s win “just the beginning.”

Villalba declined to file his vaccine bill again in 2017 after Texans for Vaccine Choice campaigned against him in 2016, saying he wasn’t interested in a “suicide mission.” Asked what his loss may mean for future vaccine legislation, Villalba wrote in a text, “I suspect [Davis] remains dedicated to ensuring that all Texans continue to receive the benefit of modern medical science, including proper and necessary vaccinations.”

Meanwhile, the number of vaccine exemptions for reasons of conscience in Texas schools has skyrocketed from about 2,300 — when they were first allowed in 2003 — to nearly 53,000 last year. “I’m worried about the increasing erosion of the number of kids who are vaccinated, and I continue to be worried about a new disease outbreak,” said Peter Hotez, director of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. Six people, all unvaccinated, were infected in a measles outbreak in Ellis County in January, and Hotez warns that a larger outbreak could be around the corner.

Sophie is the public health reporting fellow at the Observer. She previously covered health care policy and politics at National Journal in Washington, D.C. You can contact her at novack@texasobserver.org
Originally published on Texas Observer
Since Texans for Vaccine Choice is not truly anti-vaccine, the editor will happily take credit for Villalba’s demise.

San Antonio D.A. Nico LaHood Should Endorse Republican D.A. Candidate

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You don’t need somebody that is spending time going off on his own crusade against vaccinations. -Democrat D.A. candidate Joe Gonzales speaking of D.A. Nico LaHood

Now we have someone who doesn’t even live in Texas fund what he thinks is best for us. -Republican D.A. candidate Tylden Shaeffer on George Soros’ contributions to the Gonzales campaign

The Democrat Party has been taken over by George Soros, his Antifa terrorists, his police-despising Black Lives Matter thugs, his fake news and his race hoaxers. In this new dystopian party, federal immigration law is disrespected but Islamic law cannot be criticized. Spreading lies to promote vaccination is encouraged, but criticizing vaccination is forbidden. Look no further than the primary defeat of San Antonio’s DA Nico LaHood, a defeat he correctly summed up in his concession as caused by “$1 million worth of lies.”

Such lies include those spread by fake African-American Shaun King and his Real Justice PAC, funded of course by Soros.

Retweeted by Gonzales:

Non-Texan Soros’ bought Texan friends clearly determined the outcome of the primary.

And look at what this slimy PAC is up to – portraying Gonzales as being “elected” to a public office that he has never earned the right to assume.

Somebody ought to inform the Bexar County Elections Department of what looks very much like electoral fraud, brought to you by Soros. Now after the primary, Gonzales is pining for his money more than ever.

In the meantime, D.A. LaHood should endorse the Republican candidate Tylden Shaeffer. LaHood has already said he won’t endorse his fellow Democrat, so he’s practically halfway there.

Crooked Hillary – Trump’s Vaccine Safety “Dangerous”

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My opponent in this race has consistently discounted scientific findings, from his comments about vaccines to his claim that climate change is a hoax. These dangerous positions not only put Americans at risk, but can have long term impacts on our country’s growth and productivity. – Crooked Hillary Clinton, Scientific AmericanSeptember, 13, 2016

Crooked Hillary Clinton has evoked the same language used by “journalists”, “scientists” and the government to excuse the ongoing cover-up of vaccine dangers and poisoning of babies and even said she would explicitly work with those implicated in the scandal to help it continue. However, it is hardly surprising coming from a candidate who would lie about anything and who would do it to anyone – from lying that she did not put the country’s security at risk, to lying to relatives of Americans murdered by terrorists, to covering up her husband’s abuse of women, to crookedly managing her family’s fake charity, to making the disgraced ex-DNC chair her “honorary campaign manager” and finally to lying about her own health. Although it was hilarious to watch her fall nearly flat on her face and then get dragged into a van, it goes to show just how far she will go to hide something as fundamental as her own sickness from the American people.

Meanwhile, she touts her sham “autism plan” that cites junked statistics to waste money on a study attempting to disprove the autism epidemic. Her foundation also takes millions in Saudi money despite the fact that that country imprisons autism parents for speaking out against the state’s neglect of children with autism. Worst of all, however, is the fact that she is intent on ensuring that the criminal activity of the federal vaccine program remains hidden from the public. In the same post at the Scientific American where she called Trump’s vaccine position “dangerous” (virtually every major “science” publication is now just a corporate front), she promised she would assist the Department of Health and Human Services in their ongoing lies and even congratulated them for doing such a good job of lying:

“As president, I will work closely with the talented physicians, nurses, and scientists in our US Public Health Service to speak out and educate parents about vaccines, focusing on their extraordinary track record in saving lives and pointing out the dangers of not vaccinating our children. ”

And yet, that will just be one of many scandals to her name. When many of the people close to her who have damaging information about her and her husband somehow wind up dead, it is pretty unsurprising that she will prolong the vaccine cover-up. Just after President Obama said that aren’t reasons to not get vaccinated, she sent out a tweet belittling any skepticism of vaccinations. She ultimately has him to thank for why she was not indicted for her criminal handling of classified material, and she has the pharmaceutical industry to thank for such generous campaign contributions. Crooked Hillary has also taken plenty of money from cell phone company-turned-pharmaceutical client Verizon, which now owns Huffington Post where articles both about vaccine dangers and her failing health have been deleted.

Crooked Hillary Clinton is a criminal, liar and deserves no respect regardless of how the upcoming election goes. Yet the Age of Autism blog which claims to support vaccine safety supports Crooked Hillary and posted a puff piece about the Democratic National Convention: “As a life-long Democrat, I was proud to watch the Democratic National Convention.  Hillary Clinton and its other impressive speakers were eloquent, optimistic and inspiring.” Age of Autism’s editor just recently said: “Just a friendly reminder, dear readers, that all voices are welcome here, including lifelong Democrats and those who think that given the options a vote for Hillary Clinton is a reasonable decision. Yours in choice, Dan.” Age of Autism – sponsored and edited by a man who is a mole for the vaccine lobby – should be shut down after these remarks. So too should groups run by the same people such as Canary Party (Cuckservative Party) and Health Choice.

Until the government does an honest job of regulating vaccines for safety and nothing else, the problem won’t just be mercury in vaccines, or the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine or even multiple vaccines at once – the problem will just be vaccines. Complete opposition to and rejection of vaccines should only continue until such time, which may not be for the foreseeable future. But only a vote for Donald Trump is a reasonable choice for ending this nightmare. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just operating for the iatrogenic vaccine lobby. So to Nico LaHood, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rob Schneider and any other liberal-leaning person who cares about this issue as it relates to the outcome of this election – get on the Trump Train!

Update: Robert De Niro is also more than welcome to board.

Nico LaHood, Ditch The Dems and Board The Trump Train!

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I’m Nico LaHood. I’m the criminal district attorney in San Antonio, Texas. I’m here to tell you that vaccines can and do cause autism. – Attn. Nico LaHood, Vaxxed Nation, August 26th, 2016

Nico LaHood states vaccines cause autism despite the fact that he is a Democrat, even though Crooked Hillary Clinton asserts that questioning vaccine safety is akin to questioning the color of the sky or the shape of the Earth. Exonerated British doctor and Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe film director Andrew Wakefield predicts there would be mandatory vaccination across the entire country within two years of her election. In stark contrast, the GOP nominee Donald Trump would never allow that to happen while knowing for years that vaccines cause autism – a stance he reiterated in a recent meeting with Dr. Wakefield.

This election is too important to pass up, and the American people have just one chance to get it right. The choice between Donald Trump and Crooked Hillary is the same as the choice between vaccine safety and mandatory vaccination. That is the choice of the American people, and the choice is now. Staying home on election day is not an option, nor is voting for a third-party candidate who would support mandatory vaccinations anyway and doesn’t even stand a chance of winning.

So there is no waiting and no dawdling – all aboard the Trump Train!

Addendum: See full video of Nico LaHood telling his story.

Gary Johnson Supports Mandatory Vaccination

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I’ve come to find out that without mandatory vaccines, that the vaccines that would in fact be issued would not be effective. – Gary Johnson, Vermont Public Radio, August 24th, 2016

Like Green Party candidate for president Jill Stein, former New Mexico governor and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has said he supports mandatory vaccination. In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Johnson said he supports government mandates  of vaccines – a stark reversal from a tweet from five years ago. He went even further to say that if the issue of vaccine mandates became a federal one, he would “side with science” and require vaccination as president.

Ridiculously, some vaccine skeptics actually said they would vote for Johnson over GOP nominee Donald Trump despite the fact that he had spoken out for years about the dangers of vaccines. He reiterated those concerns both in the second GOP presidential debate as well as in an interview just four months ago. Johnson – in stark contrast – only had a tweet to suggest a somewhat reformed position on vaccines, and now he has even reversed himself on that.

Perhaps worst about Johnson’s reversal is the hypocrisy inherent to his libertarian politics. Libertarians pride themselves on protecting individual liberties, yet Johnson has now said he would allow the government to make decisions for its citizens about what can or cannot be put into their bodies. Such a position would at least follow a certain logic within the socialist philosophies of Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders and Crooked Hillary Clinton, but not in the philosophy of a candidate trying to sell himself as the third-party, liberty-loving alternative to the two-party system.

Yet he has heaped praise on the most prominent politicians of the political elite/progressive left while heaping smears on Donald Trump. Earlier this summer, Johnson called Barack Obama a “good guy” and Crooked Hillary a “wonderful public servant.” In contrast, Johnson said he could never support Trump because of “all the things he had said” – presumably including his remarks on vaccination. Johnson’s running mate Bill Weld was even more nauseating, calling Trump a “huckster” while describing a “bond” with Crooked Hillary. And in an apparent effort to pander to Bernie Sanders’ supporters, Johnson said he agreed with 73% of what the socialist senator says. The political divide characteristic of this election cycle is not between two-party and third-party candidates, but between the political establishment and Donald Trump.

If the choice was not clear enough before, it could not be clearer now. Johnson would sell out your rights and require vaccinations while Trump has said he would push for safer vaccinations as president. Apart from the fact that Johnson has no realistic chance of becoming president anyway, the only candidate for whom a vote would truly be a vote for vaccine safety is Republican nominee Donald Trump. A vote cast for a candidate other than Trump is a vote that helps enable a Crooked Hillary win, and that would be the worst possible outcome of all.

Crooked Hillary Swallows Sacked Autism Stats

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Despite Crooked Hillary Clinton saying “I believe in science” at the Democrat Convention, yet more information emerges confirming she does not. These days whenever someone invokes “science” to make a point, very rarely do they have any real scientific backing to their claims. A highly publicized UK survey used to allege autism prevalence was as high in adults as it is in children in order to disprove the autism epidemic has now been trashed by the same government that conducted it in the first place.

Despite being widely criticized for invalid methodology from the time it was released in 2009, Crooked Hillary Clinton cited the study as being informative as well as to justify the implementation of a similar survey in the US:

When the United Kingdom conducted an adult prevalence survey, they learned valuable information regarding the needs of adults on the autism spectrum that has helped them craft and improve services. Clinton will instruct the CDC to conduct the United States’ first-ever population level survey of adults on the autism spectrum.

That statement could have been borrowed from 2012 congressional testimony of Autistic “Self-Advocacy” Network’s (ASAN) Ari Ne’eman – a group comprised of both high-functioning and self-identifying “autistics” –  who asserted:

The United Kingdom in fact conducted that study and found a comparable rate of autism in adults as in children. We should be doing that here, and regardless of the result we would gain valuable information on supports for autistic adults.

Ne’eman’s group was among the organizations that advised Crooked Hillary’s campaign on autism policy. His group subscribes to “neurodiversity” – an emerging movement seeking to normalize autism while generally diverting blame towards society for autism’s problems. Key among such beliefs is that autism’s huge rise as a result of vaccination is not real and that autism was simply ignored in the past, a position happily legitimized by Crooked Hillary and her crooked, vaccine injury-denying campaign.

Ari Ne’eman has now announced plans to formally step down as head of ASAN in December, perhaps in anticipation of a cozy spot within Crooked Hillary’s administration should she be elected president. We must do all we can to ensure she does not win by voting for Donald Trump, who acknowledges that vaccines cause autism, pledges to end the autism epidemic and will Make America Great Again!

Green Party: “there is no causal link between vaccines & autism.”

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After presumptive Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein tweeted “I’m not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines,” the Green Party has officially weighed in:

Apparently prompted by The Decemberists frontman Colin Meloy as well as that defamatory, bankrupt excuse for a blog known as Gawker. But apparently, Gawker caught Stein in the act of deleting a previous tweet where she repeated the common lie that there is “no evidence” linking vaccines to autism. So the Green Party’s official Twitter account swooped in to save the day.

If anybody is still wondering whether there is any choice for vaccine skeptics this presidential election, just compare Stein’s and the Green Party’s remarks, Crooked Hillary’s remarks and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson’s to what Donald Trump said in the second Republican debate:

Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control.

I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Because you take a baby in — and I’ve seen it — and I’ve seen it, and I had my children taken care of over a long period of time, over a two or three year period of time.

Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.

Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.

I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.

But just in — in little sections. I think — and I think you’re going to have — I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism.

Even though the pressure is much higher in a televised debate than it is on Twitter, Donald Trump didn’t backtrack or require saving by anyone in his own party.

Jill Stein? Not so much.

Jill Stein: “I’m not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines.”

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Thinking of going Green this election cycle? Think again.

Presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein has just tweeted that she is “not aware of evidence linking autism with vaccines.” Her comments came days after a Washington Post interview where she punted a question about whether she believes vaccines are linked to autism, but it now appears that she has finally caved:

Her comments are not entirely surprising for someone who invited Bernie Sanders to take over her own presidential ticket. Sanders has said the evidence against a vaccine-autism connection was “overwhelming” and criticized GOP nominee Donald Trump for acknowledging a connection. In stark contrast to both Stein and Sanders, Trump is very aware of evidence for a connection that they won’t acknowledge exists – bringing out the issue not only in his tweets but also in a presidential debate for the very first time and continuing to speak out on the campaign trail as recently as four months ago. Trump has been outspoken about the issue for years long before running for president.

The choice in this election could not be clearer. Crooked Hillary Clinton mocked skepticism of vaccines and proclaimed in her nomination speech, “I believe in science,” to imply Trump does not. Also this summer, Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson called Barack Obama a “good guy” and Crooked Hillary “wonderful” – in stark contrast to saying he could never support Donald Trump because of “all the things he had said”. Even more nauseating, Johnson’s running mate Bill Weld described having a “bond” with her.

Of course, voting for a third-party candidate is basically the same as not voting at all and letting Crooked Hillary win anyway. Even still, there is only one candidate on the right side of this issue and his name is Donald Trump.

Crooked Hillary Clinton – “I believe in science!”

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In her sleep-inducing nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention, Crooked Hillary Clinton appeared to cryptically attack Donald Trump for his stance on vaccinations by saying he does not believe in “science.” While she only specifically mentioned climate change, it would appear to anyone who has followed this issue that she also meant vaccines.

Early last year on Twitter, Crooked Hillary Clinton had this to say about the questioning of vaccine safety:

The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and . Let’s protect all our kids.

Later that year in the second GOP presidential debate, Donald Trump expressed a very different view:

Autism has become an epidemic. Twenty-five years ago, 35 years ago, you look at the statistics, not even close. It has gotten totally out of control.

I am totally in favor of vaccines. But I want smaller doses over a longer period of time. Because you take a baby in — and I’ve seen it — and I’ve seen it, and I had my children taken care of over a long period of time, over a two or three year period of time.

Same exact amount, but you take this little beautiful baby, and you pump — I mean, it looks just like it’s meant for a horse, not for a child, and we’ve had so many instances, people that work for me.

Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.

I only say it’s not — I’m in favor of vaccines, do them over a longer period of time, same amount.

But just in — in little sections. I think — and I think you’re going to have — I think you’re going to see a big impact on autism.

Now fast forward to the Democratic National Convention that just happened, where Crooked Hillary accuses Donald Trump of not believing in “science”:

I believe in science…Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention….But we already know he doesn’t believe these things.” 

The choice between Donald Trump and Crooked Hillary is as clear as a choice between vaccine safety and continued lies about risks from those vaccines. So this November, get out and vote for Donald Trump to be our next president and Make America Great Again!

Latino Actor Esai Morales Weighs Trump Vote Due To Vaccine Stance

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 28:  Actor Esai Morales onstage during the 27th National Memorial Day Concert Rehearsals on May 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 28: Actor Esai Morales onstage during the 27th National Memorial Day Concert Rehearsals on May 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Capitol Concerts)

Puerto Rican-American television actor Esai Morales who played a Latino President on an HBO series told TMZ that he is considering a vote for Donald Trump. Morales’ reason? Trump’s suggestion that autism is caused by vaccinations, which Morales had spoken passionately about at an autism summit that was held last year.

At Give Autism A Chance 2015, Morales participated in a panel discussion that included former GOP congressman Dave Weldon and which was moderated by much-maligned British doctor Andrew Wakefield. There Morales took a very strong position both that vaccines cause autism and that this fact continues to be covered up by the federal government. He was also fully aware of the government scientist Dr. William Thompson who has spoken out about his colleagues hiding data, which Donald Trump has tweeted about.

Crooked Hillary Clinton, in stark contrast, takes the position that questioning vaccines is akin to questioning the color of the sky and the shape of the earth. Her running mate signed into law the mandate of an STD shot for sixth-graders and the now-disgraced chair of the Democratic National Committee said “any risk” from childhood vaccines has been “disproven”. She’s now an “honorary chair” of Crooked Hillary’s campaign. On vaccines, Crooked Hillary’s position could not be more different than Donald Trump’s.

Esai Morales told TMZ he was initially resistant to the idea of a Trump presidency, but would reconsider “because of his stance on vaccines”. The actor even hinted at a possible future endorsement, despite stopping short of one during the interview. Morales’ reconsideration would come as no surprise to anyone in attendance at the 2015 autism summit he expressed his outrage to, although he agreed with his interviewer that being Latino and supporting Trump was “odd”.

Nonetheless, polls and rally turnout both suggest otherwise. In fact, Trump outperforms the two previous GOP nominees for support among Latinos in the latest polls. And in the Republican National Convention which Autism Investigated live-streamed, signs reading “LATINOS PARA TRUMP” were common among the audience. Autism Investigated also witnessed firsthand numerous Latinos among the large crowd of supporters who showed up at a recent Trump rally in The Woodlands, TX. By all indicators, Trump appears to have attracted Latino supporters rather than alienate them.

In the brief TMZ interview, Esai Morales did acknowledge one strength of Trump’s that knows no party lines and that may help him more generally with Latinos: “He’s a showman, and we like our entertainment.” Like showmanship, Trump’s stance on vaccine safety has been yet another way for him to reach across the party divide to people who otherwise would not support him. Autism Investigated hopes Morales hops on the Trump Train to better the chances that the people behind the crooked vaccine program will soon hear those two well-deserved words: “You’re fired!”