Did Trump Just Declare War on the NIH?

This does not end well (boldface mine):

A few days ago Donald Trump called into Michael Savage’s radio show. Savage suggested that if Trump wins, he would like to be appointed head of the National Institutes of Health. Trump responded:

Well, you know you’d get common sense if that were the case, that I can tell you, because I hear so much about the NIH, and it’s terrible.

Leaving aside Trump’s ‘hearing so much’, the idea that Michael Savage should be allowed into anything other than an asylum is disconcerting (boldface mine):

As I discovered when I perused his body of work while profiling him, some of his writings veered into serious woo territory:

In The Way of the Skeptical Nutritionist, he ventured that a person’s ideal diet should be determined by his or her ethnicity. Getting Off Cocaine: 30 Days to Freedom promised blow addicts “an alternative plan for getting ‘high’—legally and naturally!” The treatment involved ingesting a daily cocktail of Sudafed, vitamins C and E, and amino acids, as well as self-administering the occasional coffee enema. “Use a good quality coffee,” Weiner [now Savage] advised. “Not decaffeinated or instant.”

In his 1986 book, Maximum Immunity, Savage insisted on mandatory nationwide AIDS testing and suggested that vitamin C might stop the disease. He said that gays should “accept the blame” for the spread of AIDS and sneered that “those who practice orgiastic sex, with many partners, and use street drugs are not likely to respond to reason.”

We’ve already seen the bigotry Trump has unleashed. The last thing we need is him demagoguing the NIH: he’s an idiot but a very talented demagogue.

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