President Trump Orders FBI Raid on CDC Headquarters-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
President Trump ordered the FBI to raid CDC headquarters in Atlanta in hopes of uncovering data that links childhood vaccinations to autism.
There’s no truth to reports that President Trump ordered the FBI to raid CDC headquarters to uncover a possible link between vaccinations and autism.
A report that appeared on notorious misinformation website What Does It Mean by equally notorious blogger Sorcha Faal sparked unsubstantiated rumors that the Trump ordered an FBI raid on CDC headquarters in Atlanta in the early morning hours of January 23, 2017.
What Does it Mean frequently combines fact and fiction in a way that can make it particularly hard to separate the two. In the FBI raid of the CDC story, the site referred to an encounter between FBI Director James Comey and Trump the previous day, Trump asking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head up a vaccination safety task force, an old report about a so-call CDC whistleblower from 2015, and unnamed high-level Russian sources (a common tactic of the site) that supposedly confirmed the FBI raid on CDC headquarters.
Based on the What Does it Mean’s lack of credibility alone, this report that Trump ordered an FBI raid on CDC headquarters should be dismissed. However, the story was quickly picked up by a range of conspiracy theorist blog sites and YouTube channels. One such YouTube video that cited the What Does it Mean racked up more than 100,000 views within 48 hours. However, these stories provide actually no proof that the FBI raided CDC headquarters — and there’s no reason to believe that happened.
It should be noted that in addition to successfully blending fact and faction, What Does it Mean also selects timely stories that have a great deal of public interest. There was a great deal of speculation and public interest in Trump’s stance on the link between vaccines and autism (which the scientific community says does not exist) in the days after his inauguration. As the false report noted, Trump has made his views on the matter clear over the years:
Healthy young child goes to doctor, gets pumped with massive shot of many vaccines, doesn't feel good and changes – AUTISM. Many such cases!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2014
I'm not against vaccinations for your children, I'm against them in 1 massive dose.Spread them out over a period of time & autism will drop!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2014
Lots of autism and vaccine response. Stop these massive doses immediately. Go back to single, spread out shots! What do we have to lose.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2012
In response, there have been unfounded rumors that Donald Trump’s son, Barron Trump, is autistic and that the president blames mercury from childhood vaccines for that. A YouTube video that makes the case that Barron Trump suffers from autism has been posted on countless YouTube channels and has been viewed millions of times — but it’s based on pure speculation. And that’s not likely to change given that presidential children are rarely reported on by the media out of respect for the family’s privacy.
In the end, rumors that Donald Trump ordered the FBI to raid CDC headquarters in Atalanta in search of a link between vaccines and autism should be viewed as completely fictional.