Texas GOP Rep. Rails Against ‘Sorcery’ Of Vaccines In Twitter Fight With Doctors

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, makes a point as Texas officials continue to investigate the death of Sandra Bland, who died July 13th in the Waller County jail after a traffic stop near Houston. The hearing at the Texas Capitol drew dozens of legislators and activists wanting answers after Bland's apparent jail suicide.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, makes a point as Texas officials continue to investigate the death of Sandra Bland, who died July 13th in the Waller County jail after a traffic stop near Houston. The hearin... State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, makes a point as Texas officials continue to investigate the death of Sandra Bland, who died July 13th in the Waller County jail after a traffic stop near Houston. The hearing at the Texas Capitol drew dozens of legislators and activists wanting answers after Bland's apparent jail suicide. (Photo by Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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May 8, 2019 4:10 p.m.
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Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R) called vaccines “sorcery” on Tuesday while fighting with doctors on Twitter.

It began on Tuesday when he attacked Dr. Peter Hotez, an outspoken advocate for vaccination.

“You are bought and paid for by the biggest special interest in politics,” Stickland tweeted. “Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self enriching ‘science.'”

Hotez responded, “Sir, as you know, I don’t take a dime from the vaccine industry. I develop neglected disease vaccines for the world’s poorest people.”

“Make the case for your sorcery to consumers on your own dime,” the Texas lawmaker replied.

As he was bashing Hotez, Stickland got tangled up into an argument with another doctor, who he called a “brainwashed commie.”

The fight has stretched on to Wednesday.

Meanwhile in Oregon, the state’s Republican Party is accusing Democrats of pushing “forced injections down every Oregon parent’s throat.”

H/t the Houston Chronicle

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