Paul Ryan criticized for Autism Awareness tweet
April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is declared as World Autism Awareness Day. On Sunday, the tenth annual World Autism Awareness Day, Washington made efforts to acknowledge it. President Trump lit up the White House blue, the color of autism awareness:
Critics were quick to bring up the president's tweets from several years ago, where he blamed autism on vaccines:
"They can light up the White House blue, but it won't change the fact that Trump espouses dangerous views on autism and vaccines," said one tweeter.
House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted in support of the day, as well:
Immediately, the speaker was also hit with backlash due to his work to repeal Obamacare. According to ABC News, the American Health Care Act would've put healthcare for those with autism in jeopardy if it would have passed.
See reactions to Ryan's tweet:
Billionaire Mark Cuban joined in as well:
"Reminder [Donald Trump] 'honoring' autism awareness yet recently mocked disabled person. [Paul Ryan] cut Medicaid that pays 4 adult autism," he said.
Ryan has not commented on the Twitter response as of Tuesday morning.