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Maher: Quit Calling Vaccine Questioners ‘Kooks and Liars’

HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher argued that people who say vaccines can cause harm shouldn’t be called “kooks and liars” on Friday.

In a discussion with Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Maher wondered, “why can’t we have a kind of a grand bargain on this. It just seems like we’re calling each other kooks and liars. And it seems like common sense, that vaccines, I mean, even thimerosal, probably don’t hurt most people. I mean, if they did, we’d all be dead, because they’re in a lot of vaccines that we all took. But some do. Obviously, some minority get hurt by this stuff, I don’t understand why this is controversial. Why we have this emotional debate about something that there is science there. It astounds me that liberals, who are always suspicious of corporations, and you just laid out that case, and defending minorities, somehow when it comes to this minority that’s hurt, it’s like ‘you know what, shut the f*ck up. And let me take every vaccine that Merck wants to shove down my throat.'”

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