So I am sure everyone is aware that Donald Trump is a climate change denier, and that he says it is all a Chinese conspiracy to destroy American manufacturing. Likewise, you have undoubtly heard that he has said that vaccines cause autism. I assumed that was just a cynical play to his base, but I just read something that suggests that this kind of thing actually fits into his broader thinking patterns.

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In his 1997 book, The Art of the Comeback, Trump argued that the dangers of freaking asbestos had been exaggerated and that the mob was behind it all. According to Trump, the mob orchestrated it all so they could make a killing on unnecessary asbestos remediation.

I suppose it’s not that surprising an attitude coming from someone who started out as a slum landlord, but it is very frightening to think that a potential US president thinks this way.