Pelosi rips Trump administration's 'thought control' on CDC
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government Overnight Health Care: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated | Senate rejects bill to permanently ban federal funds for abortion | Women's March to lobby for 'Medicare for All' 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 MooreTen Dem lawmakers added to House Ways and Means Committee The 116th Congress can improve Medicare and Social Security Time is money: Let’s open Social Security field offices, not close them 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.