To Rush Limbaugh people with autism are 'not well.' He's wrong -- and vile
People on the autism spectrum don't want to be described as sick or "not well." Because they're not sick. And they're not "not well." They're people. Period.
If you want to disagree with Thunberg's views on climate change, fine. If the attention she has received bothers you, fine. If you feel the need to criticize her -- a teenager -- for the role she has taken on as a voice for climate advocacy, that's between you and your soul.
But to go after her in a way that brings down people with autism, to belittle people with disabilities by suggesting they would let themselves be used as political pawns, is villainous.
Thunberg and Limbaugh exist on different moral planes.
She's doing what she believes will make the world a better place for everyone.
He's doing what he thinks will make it better only for himself.
(Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)