During a briefing Thursday at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, senior CDC officials who oversee the budget gave a list of seven terms that would no longer be used on official documents relating to next year’s budget.
According to a Washington Post report Friday evening, the list of terms to be avoided are:
Analysts were given more in-depth suggested wording to use for some terms. For example, instead of “science-based” or “evidence-based,” the suggested phrase to be used is “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
The Trump administration has made several significant changes in how certain issues are addressed, abandoning the more liberal terms previously used by the Obama administration.
Matt Lloyd, spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the CDC, told the Washington Post that “HHS strongly encourages the use of outcome and evidence data in program evaluations and budget decisions.”
Other departments adopting changing in wording include the Justice Department, Education Department, and Housing and Urban Development.
The Washington Post noted that HHS has dropped questions in two surveys of elderly people about sexual orientation and gender identity, and has removed data about LGBT Americans from its website.
Some analysts attending the meeting were reportedly shocked, with one “longtime CDC analyst” saying, “In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint.”
The analyst claimed there would be a massive pushback from scientists at CDC. “Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly – this hasn’t trickled down to them yet.”
Liberals on the left are outraged over the removal of their terms from government documents, and Twitter has been set ablaze with their condemnation of the new policy.
House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted her outrage:
DANGER! Trump Admin is going further down a dangerous and un-American path of word and thought control. @POTUS has no respect for and has banned words including: “vulnerable”, “diversity”, “transgender”, “evidence-based”, “science-based”.
DANGER! Trump Admin is going further down a dangerous and un-American path of word and thought control. @POTUS has no respect for and has banned words including:
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 16, 2017
What do these words have in common? They were all banned by the Trump Administration for use in any CDC official budget documents. It’s downright ridiculous. https://t.co/NQFN1K3Juz
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) December 16, 2017
The National Center for Transgender Equality tweeted, “You can try to ban the word #transgender, but we will not be silenced.”
Mara Keisling, executive director for the group, said in a statement, ““To pretend and insist that transgender people do not exist, and to allow this lie to infect public health research and prevention is irrational and very dangerous.”
— Trans Equality (@TransEquality) December 16, 2017
— Mara Keisling (@MaraKeisling) December 16, 2017
The CDC is reportedly banned from using several words and phrases in their budget documents, including “science-based”—here’s why actions like this are dangerous https://t.co/aNqX0SHDCH
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) December 16, 2017
The level of idiocy suffocating this country via our White House is beyond any story I could make up. https://t.co/dlG9VjAHGH
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) December 16, 2017
This is absurd. The #CDC can not be censored. This is government- funded research for the betterment of public health.
How can they ban words ?
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) December 16, 2017
What??!!!! Did this order come directly from the Kremlin?!!!!
We must resist and replace this new dictatorial GOP in 2018. https://t.co/4abC9kC0Au
— Barbara Boxer (@BarbaraBoxer) December 16, 2017
OMG!!!! This is tantamount to enforced propoganda. Banning words that are used and NECESSARY to accurately depict the state of affairs—-the President barring the CDC to assert any FACT that flies in the face of Trumps agenda. https://t.co/PDQ4TnU4PA
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 16, 2017
“It’s a deliberate, careful-crafted, dangerously precise work of white Evangelicals who aren’t going to watch their faith tradition die without taking out a whole lot of innocent people as it does.This is what terrorists do.” https://t.co/87fAPJFTzp#CDC7words #cdcbannedwords
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) December 16, 2017
Outrageous! The WH banning words and fraises that the #cdc can use, give me a fucking break. You keep playing to your 32% @realDonaldTrump and watch the House & Senate turn a lovely shade of Blue in 2018! https://t.co/bnd26DO2L5 turn a lovely shade of Blue! pic.twitter.com/zelJN3lI3G
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) December 16, 2017
DESPICABLE: The Trump-Pence administration is prohibiting the CDC from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “transgender.” https://t.co/1trVPsvvKp
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 16, 2017
These are just a few of the words the Trump admin has BANNED the CDC from using in their upcoming budget. Outrageous! https://t.co/1rYooPrdzP
— Center for Reproductive Rights (@ReproRights) December 16, 2017
Now that they’ve banned the CDC from using the words: fetus, vulnerable, evidence-based, evidence-based, entitlement, diversity, and transgender, what words should the Trump administration be banned from using?
— PORP (@TheOfficialPORP) December 16, 2017
WTF?? CDC will be banned from using the words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based. Why? Replaced with what?? https://t.co/2PsAElbVpN
— 🌈TheElderlyResistance🌊 (@GR8FL) December 16, 2017
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