Pelosi rips Trump administration's 'thought control' on CDC
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) ripped the Trump administration on Saturday for its ban on the use of certain phrases in official Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents, calling it an attempt at controlling people's words and thoughts.

"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," Pelosi tweeted, including the terms "vulnerable," "diversity," "transgender," "evidence-based" and "science-based."

Top CDC budget officials forwarded the list of "forbidden" words and phrases to CDC policy analysts on Thursday. They are reportedly prohibited from using the terms in official documents related to the 2019 budget, which is expected to come out in February. 

The Democratic leader's comments follow Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreEx-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media MORE (D-Wis.) calling the decision "deeply disturbing and offensive." 


Critics have called the move a politicization of scientific findings, in line with past moves by the administration to remove mentions of climate change and renewable energy initiatives from government websites.

The abridged vocabulary for administrators could affect the CDC's recommendations regarding populations such as transgender people, who are statistically at a higher risk for sexually transmitted diseases. 

Pelosi, a vocal LGBT advocate, has previously lashed out against the administration's efforts to prevent transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military.