Former President Donald Trump released a campaign video in which he vows to investigate the rising rates of autism and other chronic illnesses across the United States if he's elected in 2024.
Trump then asked whether it has to do with food, environmental pollution, or "the over-prescription of certain medications," noting that Americans spend billions of dollars simply trying to treat such health problems rather than investigating the cause.
Big corporations and pharmaceutical companies "don't want to ask the tough questions" about the rise in autism and children's health, he said.
"Too often, our public health establishment is too close to Big Pharma. They make a lot of money—big pharma, big corporations, and other special interests—and do not want to ask the tough questions about what is happening to our children’s health,” Trump said.
"This is a conversation that is long overdue, and it’s a conversation that American families deserve. They must have a leader, a president, who can do something about this problem. And I will do that.
“I will charge them with investigating what is causing the decades-long increase in chronic illnesses."
For the study, researchers looked at school and medical records from 2000 to 2016 for more than 20,000 8-year-olds identified as having autism spectrum disorders. They found that the rate of profound diagnoses grew to about 5 cases per 1,000 in 2016 from about 3 cases per 1,000 children in 2000. However, the rate of kids diagnosed with milder forms of autism grew to 14 per 1,000 in that time span from 4 per 1,000.
Other ProposalsFor his 2024 campaign, Trump has released a number of proposals, including a year-long celebration of the United States' 250th birthday, hiring 100 new U.S. attorneys that oppose a "Marxist" agenda, an overhaul of the FBI and the Department of Justice, ending birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants, implementing a federal stop and frisk program, and more anti-crime initiatives.
“There is no higher priority than quickly restoring law and order and public safety in America,” Trump's campaign website reads, noting that he'll make it a priority to “revitalize police departments and reclaim safety, dignity, and peace for law-abiding Americans."
If elected, Trump would "completely overhaul the federal Department of Justice and FBI."
"We will also launch sweeping civil rights investigations into Marxist local district attorneys,” he said earlier this year, referring to dozens of district attorneys who reportedly took campaign cash from left-wing billionaire George Soros.