Trump Bans ‘Diversity’ and Six Other Words from use at Centers for Disease Control

“Transgender” and “vulnerable” also banned along with “evidence-based” in continued Bannon-esque adulation of ignorance and hate.

The nation’s health protection agency is being censored by the Trump administration, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Seven words — “diversity,” “transgender,” “evidence-based,” “science-based,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement” and “fetus” — have all reportedly been banned from use at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in documents relating to next year’s budget.

An analyst who attended a briefing on the new requirements told The Post that in some cases a different phrase was provided. “Science-based” and “evidence-based” can, for instance, be replaced with “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.” Not every banned word received a new option.

CDC officials have disputed the claim. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald in a series of tweets said “there are no banned words at CDC.”

Matt Lloyd, a spokesman for the department of Health and Human Services, provided a statement to multiple media outlets also rejecting the notion that there are “banned words.”

“The assertion that HHS has ‘banned words’ is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process,” Lloyd said. “HHS will continue to use the best scientific evidence available to improve the health of all Americans. HHS also strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”

The analyst who spoke with the Post insisted that it is in fact a ban.

“What would you call it when you’re told not to use those words?” the analyst questioned. “If that’s not a ban, maybe I need to improve my vocabulary.”

And according to health experts, to ban words could prove deadly.

An official with Planned Parenthood told STAT that the directives will put “millions of lives in danger.”

“You cannot fight against the Zika virus, or improve women’s and fetal health, if you are unable to use the word ‘fetus.’ You must be able to talk about science and evidence if you are to research cures for infectious diseases such as Ebola,” said Dana Singiser, the organization’s VP of public policy. “You must be able to acknowledge the humanity of transgender people in order to address their health care needs. You cannot erase health inequities faced by people of color simply by forbidding the use of the words ‘vulnerable’ or ‘diversity.’”

Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, said that the ban will likely extend beyond the budget report.

“So of course the administration and its defenders are going to argue that this is only about what goes into the budget,” Jha reported to STAT. “But we know that the signal to the agency is much stronger than that. And it’s going to change behavior of people who work there. And that’s much more damaging than any direct censorship.”

Dr. Sandro Galea, dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health, told The Associated Press that banning certain words speaks volumes to the administration’s priorities.

“If you are saying you cannot use words like ‘transgender’ and ‘diversity,’ it’s a clear statement that you cannot pay attention to these issues,” Galea said.

The news came from Alison Kelly, a senior in the CDC’s financial office, according to the analyst.

The Trump administration has previously tried to control how certain agencies communicate with the public, tailoring their messages to fit his agenda.

Earlier this year, officials with the Environmental Protection Agency were banned from speaking with reporters. The agency was also instructed by the administration to take down its web page pertaining to climate change.

In March the Energy Department was forbidden from using “climate change” and “Paris agreement” in their communications.

Following Trump’s inauguration, the White House scrubbed from its website all references to LGBT rights, deleted the civil rights page and erased any mention of climate change. A report called “Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights” also disappeared from the Department of Labor website.

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  • When will this horrendous administration be over. Trump will hopefully be impeached, but we will still have Pence and Ryan at the helm.

    • You’re right! Pence is a racist homophobe that only took the job knowing T-rump wouldn’t last. However, Pence got drawn into the Russia Probe (lying about what he did and didn’t know), and only Mueller knows his fate. On Ryan (so corrupt), he is so indebt to the rich he can’t make a decision without their permission, plus he wants to run for President in the future. Ryan wants two classes of people, super poor and obscenely rich.

  • Honestly, I do not believe that this moron has the power to do this. At least the CDC is saying he doesn’t.

  • Kudos to Dr. Fitzgerald for her bold stance against ignorance. tRump more than likely banned the multisyllabic words because he couldn’t spell them. He prefers “LIDDLE” words like “SAD” or “WOW”. Just when I thought Michelle O’Bama disgraced the first lady position with her stupid Jimmy Fallon skits, this administration has taken the office of president to a new low. It has always been low-brow from its inception, but at least they tried to ACT like a B-rated president in a low-budget movie.

    Illiterate, poor white racists in AmeriKKKa LOVE tRump because he is really LIKE THEM: Dumb and dumber. He has opinions that cannot be supported with facts. He is so geographically illiterate that instead of saying “Namibia”, he confused it with Zambia and called it Nambia! If an illiterate racist who voted for tRump reads this, they will think that I’m referring to the names of lions or apes at the zoo.

    If tRump is impeached, we have two choices: SixPence (Indiana) or a Cheesehead (Wisconsin)–two Midwestern dummies. AmeriKKKa got just what they deserved in tRUMP–he is showing the world his big, fat az. As an African American lawyer who had slave ancestors, grew up in a de facto segregated Midwestern ghetto, I’m so proud of our Black people and their achievements–even the dumbest Black person with a GED is smarter than our LIDDLE orange/white president.

  • Michael J. "Orange Mike" Lowrey

    This is doubleplus ungood. Everybody needs to read (or re-read) 1984. If you control language, you control the ways in which people can think and talk about topics.

    • I was going to say basically the same thing, Mr. Lowrey. It is indeed a scary situation we’re in and unless people understand how language influences and controls thoughts and actions we’re going to find ourselves in a horrid dystopia. May the gods please help us.

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