RFK Jr and Robert De Niro offer $100,000 to anyone who can prove vaccines are safe

Robert Kennedy Jr and Robert De Niro held a press conference Wednesday where they discussed the dangers of vaccines and how we’ve all been duped into pumping our children full of autism, a theory that has been debunked many times over. Not satisfied with overwhelming scientific consensus, RFK Jr’s World Mercury Project is willing to give away $100,000 to anyone who can prove vaccines are safe.

“We need a debate,” Kennedy said of a topic that has been thoroughly researched and debated. At the heart of the issue is thimerosal, an organic compound which contains mercury that is sometimes used as a preservative. Vaccine manufacturers began phasing thimerosal out in 1999 and all childhood vaccines have been thimerosal-free since 2001, all of which was done out of an abundance of caution. A few flu vaccines still contain thimerosal, but no evidence suggests any link between pregnant mothers who receive flu vaccines containing the compound and autism.

There have actually been numerous studies on thimerosal, which the FDA is happy to cite. Kennedy and co. are not convinced.

Kennedy explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women. Kennedy believes that even “a meager effort at homework” will expose that contention as unsupported by science.

Presumably, none of the studies featured on the FDA page will be accepted. If they are, this will be the easiest $100,000 anyone has ever made. “What we’ve been told is not science. It’s more akin to religion. It’s orthodoxy,” Kennedy said at Wednesday’s press conference. “We need to break this impasse.”

De Niro, who has no medical expertise whatsoever, also sat on the panel of the conference. He said very little. “I’m glad I’m here,” De Niro assured himself. “I thought what Bobby said was great. It was eloquent. I couldn’t have said it better myself. I agree with him 100 percent. Thank you.”

De Niro, whose son has autism, has faced criticism for expressing anti-vax views. After a considerable deal of public outcry, Jake LaMotta pulled a controversial (read: poorly researched and factually inaccurate) documentary about the dangers of vaccines from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016. “I am only concerned about this. Trump I don’t care about,” De Niro said when asked if he would work with the president on vaccine safety. “If he does the right thing, he does the right thing. I don’t have to be connected with him.”

Kennedy added that he has met with President Trump about creating a vaccine safety commission, a thing that definitely already exists anyway and probably shouldn’t be headed by an anti-vaxxer. Kennedy, of course, doesn’t like to be called that, and says it’s “a dirty word used to shut down debate.”

The press conference was streamed by both the World Mercury Project’s Facebook page and Infowars, a site that believes the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax perpetrated by the government to take all our guns away.

[h/t Jezebel | screen shot: The Alex Jones Channel]