The FDA Just Publicly Defied Trump’s “Banned Words” Order

They must be pretty smart over there at the Food and Drug Administration. They saw what happened to the folks over at the Centers for Disease Control when the news leaked that they had a list of seven words that were no longer going to be allowed to be used in preparing their budget documents and said to themselves: “now, that’s a controversy best avoided.”

So they announced today that they haven’t been asked to cease using “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “science-based,” “transgender,” and “evidence-based”… yet.

According to the FDA spokesperson:

“We haven’t received, nor implemented, any directives with respect to the language used at FDA to describe our policy or budget issues,”

It’s definitely bizarre and maddening times when you feel grateful that the Food And Drug Administration won’t be prevented from using “science-based” and “evidence-based” in its writings.

After all, these are the people who have to approve the substances we ingest when we get sick to make sure that they actually work and don’t make us sicker or kill us. You kind of want to make sure that what they’re doing is science-based and evidence-based.

The lesson is that, in Trump’s America, you just can’t take anything for granted anymore, even simple, completely obvious things, so be thankful for the small and seemingly universally accepted matters. They may appear solid and unthreatened now, but an outbreak of Trumpian insanity may attack them at any moment.

It also shows that outrage does matter. Does anyone really think that the FDA would be backing away from censorship if the internet hadn’t exploded in derision after news of the CDC censorship of those seven banned words leaked out? So rage away at every ridiculous move this administration makes.

Add your name to millions demanding Congress take action on the President’s crimes. IMPEACH TRUMP & PENCE!

Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a writer, producer, and international media executive formerly with MTV/Viacom, G4/Comcast, and Warner Bros., among others. He is a winner of the International Documentary Association Award for "Artists United Against Apartheid: The Making Of Sun City". Growing up in the Bronx, he was a high school classmate of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He attended Cornell University, SUNY Binghamton, and NY Institute of Technology.

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