Dr. Paul Offit Says Trump, DeNiro Ages Caused Autism In Their Sons
Actor Robert DeNiro and his wife, Grace Hightower, have publically spoken about their child autism. The couple possibly hints at vaccine injury as the cause of their son Elliot’s autism on an April 13th, 2016 Today Show episode.
While controversy swallowed DeNiro in the month’s following his possible anti-vaccine stances, he moved forward and became a centerpiece in the Hollywood resistance against all things President Trump.
DeNiro and Trump are as defiantly opposed to one another’s existence as The Joker and Batman have been for decades.
But this morning, American pediatrician and co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, Paul Offit, has unwittingly intertangled the two media icons.
Offit is a staunch supporter of all things vaccines. Both Trump and DeNiro have much more frigid relationships with vaccines. Trump has notably and controversially supported the idea of vaccine injuries. Most of Trump’s rhetoric came prior to his Presidential election win.
During a recent interview with Zubin Damani (ZDoggMD), Offit asserted that both Trump’s son Barron and DeNiro’s son Elliot are autistic because of paternal age factors. Meaning, Trump and DeNiro had both of the children over the age of 60, something Offit claims influences the onset of autism.
The glowing problem with Offit’s statement is that the Trumps have never said Barron is autistic.
Paternal age is clearly a risk factor, Donald Trump has a child on the spectrum and Robert Deniro has a child on the spectrum. It’s because they were roughly 60 years old when they had their children.
That’s probably the reason.
What is the genetics of that? That is understandable, it’s not going to be a single gene, like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell disease. It’ll be multiple genes.
I think its understandable.
Back in November of 2016, Youtube personality James Hunter asserted similarly that Barron Trump is autistic. Melania Trump threatened to sue Hunter, who later posted a video apology (both the original and apology videos likely made huge revenue via ads).
On Friday, following mounting criticism, Offit conceded that he crossed the line and issued an apology.
“It was incredibly irresponsible of me to diagnose Barron Trump using a selection of misleading videos. I can understand if you might not want to accept my apology, but please know I didn’t mean to hurt anyone with my video.”
Offit has commonly tangled with the anti-vaccine community, who accuses him of reaping huge profits from vaccine sales. But this time it seems Offit offended those on both sides of the issue. The Trump’s are undoubtedly a controversial First Family, however, they deserve the same respect and privacy that all parents deserve. A medical doctor should certainly understand how imperative it is to avoid using rumors as a method of diagnosis.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.