It's a dark day for democracy when the government starts banning words. But is that exactly what happened when the Center for Disease Control (CDC) was presented with a list of seven sensitive words at a meeting on Thursday? The Washington Post reported that these seven words were "forbidden" from being used in official documents pertaining to next year's budget. But the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, is singing a different tune. What's the real story here? Is Trump really banning words from being used?
According to the Washington Post, the Trump administration banned the words "diversity," "fetus," "transgender," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "transgender," "science-based," and "evidence-based" from official CDC budget documents.
In some cases, the Washington Post reported, they were given alternative phrases to use. For example, instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” they suggested the phrase “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
Obviously, if true, this move by the Trump administration would be positively fascist, and Twitter erupted in anger.
Our democracy has been in danger ever since Donald Trump took office. We know that much is true. And if they’ve gotten to the point of banning words, that’s a new low, a new level of wrong.
Congressman Ted Lieu had strong words for Donald Trump's administration following the release of this new report.
The CDC relies on science and evidence to, um, do its job. The fact that these words, along with other extremely relevant and timely words, are banned, seems like a total denial from the Trump administration of the reality in which we live and an effort to throttle progress.
The news of banned words really feels like a dramatic step backward.
As much as The Handmaid’s Tale felt real when it was first released, this is worse. The banning of words or books is like dystopian storytelling 101.
This Twitter user shared a different list of seven words...
The American public was rightly was up in arms about the CDC being banned from using those seven essential words, but then the CDC director responded, and things got a little hazy. Did the HHS ban those seven words after all?