Man interrupts 2nd Congressional District debate with claim about vaccines and autism

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (News4Utah) – An interruption at the 2nd Congressional District debate led to an arrest Monday evening.

The debate between Republican incumbent Chris Stewart and Democratic challenger Shireen Ghorbani was hosted by the Utah Debate Commission at Dixie State University.

The debate, which was scheduled to last exactly an hour, was briefly interrupted when a man, later identified as Corbin C. McMillen of Citrus Heights, Calif., stepped on stage.

As Congressman Stewart began his closing statement, McMillen approached his podium and yelled into the microphone, “Vaccines cause autism! Autism is caused by vaccines!”

Both candidates laughed off the uncomfortable moment as moderator Doug Wilks called for security. 

McMilllen was arrested by Dixie State University police and booked into jail in Washington County on charges of disrupting an official meeting and disorderly conduct. 

You can watch the entire debate here

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