The panel discussion on last night’s Nightly Show became heated when an anti-vaccine advocate and a doctor got into an argument about the reason why parents refuse to vaccinate their children.
Dr. Holly Phillips, a CBS News health correspondent, said that “it’s one of those things where there’s a mother’s intuition where you don’t necessarily want to put a needle in your child — but this is one of those times where you have to let science trump intuition.”
Host Larry Wilmore then asked Zoey O’Toole, a prominent anti-vaxxer, whether choosing not to vaccinate her children “might put other children at risk.”
“That thought has occurred to everyone who’s decided not to vaccinate,” O’Toole replied. “The important thing to remember is, that we all want to do what’s best for our children. My main fear would be for my children’s health. Your job as a parent is to protect your child.”
Wilmore then asked comedian Judy Gold whether she had vaccinated her children, and whether it’s possible that in doing so, she had harmed them.
“I’ve done many things to harm them, but vaccination isn’t one of them,” she replied. “I felt completely confident. We live in New York City, where there a lot of people in very small spaces, and I think about these scientists who have dedicated their lives to finding vaccines for these diseases.”
“But did you know,” O’Toole interjected, “that vaccine manufacturers stand to make $40 billion from vaccines this year?”
“But if somebody cures your kid of a disease and makes a lot of money, are you mad at them?” Wilmore asked, before adding, “I think parents feel a lot of guilt when their kids have issues. There’s a lot of guilt that comes with raising kids, and if they’re autistic — do you think guilt plays a factor in this?”
Dr. Phillips replied, “I just think people want some sense of control. Autism is a very scary condition, and as a parent, you want to be able to have some kind of control, so you can say, ‘I’m doing something that everybody else isn’t to protect my kid.'”
“Unfortunately,” she continued, “withholding vaccines isn’t really that thing.”
Watch the entire panel discussion below via Comedy Central.
FLASHBACK: Mueller makes GOP lawmaker look like an absolute fool during 2013 hearing
While previewing former special counsel Robert Mueller's upcoming testimony before the House of Representatives, CNN on Tuesday played a clip from six years ago showing Mueller schooling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who tried to corner the then-FBI director about his agency's work on the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
During the hearing, Gohmert tried to get Mueller to explain why the FBI supposedly hadn't visited the mosque that was frequented by the Tsarnaev brothers, the two American citizens of Chechen descent who carried out the attack.
"Why did no one go to the mosque and say, who are these guys?" Gohmert asked. "Why was that not done?"
Black man righteously scolds judge after white gun nut walks free: ‘Keep on with these racial disparities’
A Vermont man excoriated a judge this week after bail was not imposed on a white man who violated a court order by allegedly purchasing a handgun.
Max Misch was first charged in February with two misdemeanor counts of possessing high-capacity magazines, which are illegal in the state.
In a Monday hearing, Judge William Cohen ruled that Misch would not have to pay bail after he allegedly bought a handgun in violation of a court order. Misch's wife reported the gun purchase to police.
Trump tells youth group: ‘I have the right to do whatever I want as president’
President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that the U.S. Constitution gives him the right "to do whatever I want."
Trump made the remarks at a event sponsored by the conservative youth group Turning Point USA.
"Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president," he told the youth group.
Experts do not agree with Trump's interpretation of his Article 2 powers.
Watch the video below.
TRUMP: "Then I have an Article 2, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president."