Bada bing bada boom! Pow! Right in the kisser. Joe Rogan has offered Dr. Peter Hotez a hefty donation to any charity he chooses in exchange for going on air with Robert Kennedy Jr to debate vaccine safety.
We've been writing about Dr. Hotez for years. You might recall his book, "Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism" a real stomach page turner. Ironic, I'm writing this on Father's Day. In 2017, then President Donald Trump (now candidate)announced a Kennedy led Vaccine Safety Commission. It never came to fruition, but the public media response to the very idea was swift. Behind the scenes must have been much worse. Trump instead created Operation Warp Speed. And now, six and a half years later, Trump is running again, and Robert Kennedy Jr. is running in the Democratic primary. Honest to goodness, who could write this script? Hitchcock?
In January of 2017, Anne Dachel covered the rapid press-release journalism that slammed the very idea of a vaccine safety commission. Mainstream Media Response to Trump Kennedy Vaccine Safety Committee in which Dr. Peter Hotez said the following about Robert Kennedy Jr:
"That's very frightening, it's difficult to imagine anyone less qualified to serve on a commission for vaccine science," said Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, and president of the Sabin Vaccine Institute, a nonprofit that works to control, treat and eliminate vaccine-preventable and neglected tropical diseases.
"The science is clear: massive evidence showing no link between vaccines and autism, and as both a scientist who develops vaccines for poverty related neglected diseases and the father of an adult daughter with autism, there's not even any plausibility for a link," Hotez continued. "Autism is a genetic condition."
"Our nation's public health will suffer if this nascent neo-antivaxxer movement is not stopped immediately," he added.