As Judd Legum points out at Popular Information, the AAPS is a fringe group:The press is going nuts over @realDonaldTrump taking hydroxychloroquine (prescribed by doctor).— Brad Parscale (@parscale) May 19, 2020
Of course, if he’s doing it, they must oppose it.
But the Assoc. of American Physicians & Surgeons says otherwise.https://t.co/ftqKBQxepk
The AAPS has also repeatedly pushed discredited theories about the dangers of vaccines. Asked earlier this year if vaccines cause autism, Orient said "the definitive research has not been done." But the "overwhelming scientific consensus is that vaccines do not cause autism."
After a 2015 measles outbreak at Disneyland in Florida, the AAPS "issued a news release opposing mandatory vaccination and raising questions about vaccine safety." The release "makes a link between autism and the measles vaccine." The group's work was condemned by public health officials.Readers of this blog may remember that Tom Price, Trump's HHS secretary who later resigned in disgrace, also belonged to this fringe group. So did Senator Rand Paul.
The Trump campaign is now citing the AAPS as an authoritative source during a deadly pandemic. Life may only return to normal with the widespread adoption of a vaccine.