Joe Scarborough Apologizes for Making Autism Link to James Holmes, Alleged Aurora Shooter

12:17 PM PST 07/24/2012 by Jordan Zakarin
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The MSNBC host, who has a son with Aspergers, came under fire for what some considered distasteful stereotypes of people with autism.

Joe Scarborough is asking for a mea culpa.

The former Congressman and host of MSNBC's Morning Joe has received criticism for remarks he made on Monday's show, in which he said that as soon as he heard that James Holmes, the alleged gunman responsible for the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, was a young, white male from the suburbs, he thought that Holmes was one "these people that are somewhere, I believe, on the autism scale."

On Tuesday, Scarborough issued a clarification to Dan Abrams' site, Mediaite:

"The growing Autism epidemic is a tremendous burden for children, parents and loved ones to endure," he wrote to the website. "My call for increased funding and awareness for Autism and other mental health conditions was meant to support the efforts of those who work every day to improve the lives of Americans impacted. Those suggesting that I was linking all violent behavior to Autism missed my larger point and overlooked the fact that I have a wonderful, loving son with Aspergers. Perhaps I could have made my point more eloquently.

"I look forward to continuing my work with wonderful organizations like Autism Speaks to provide badly needed support to millions of Americans who struggle with Autism every day," he added.

Scarborough has a son with Aspergers, and has been involved with charities benefiting the disease. In 2005, he hosted Robert Kennedy Jr. in a segment in which they discussed the disease, and the largely debunked notion that childhood vaccines could have caused an uptick in the number of kids with autism.

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