Greenfield to Ernst at Virtual Press Conference: “I am calling on you… to publicly apologize to our doctors, nurses, health care workers”

At a virtual press conference today, businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield renewed her call for Senator Joni Ernst to issue a public apology to Iowa’s health care heroes after she pushed a dangerous and debunked conspiracy theory that health care workers are inflating the number of people who have died of COVID-19 in order to line their own pockets.

On the call, Theresa read direct quotes from Iowa doctors, nurses, and health care workers across the state who have condemned Ernst’s harmful comments, saying, “Actively misleading the public regarding our health care and our health care system is wrong and it is not Iowa values.”

Read more about Theresa’s call for Senator Ernst to apologize, two weeks after Ernst pushed dangerous smears against Iowa’s health care heroes:

Iowa Starting Line:IA-Sen: Greenfield Calls On Ernst To Publicly Apologize For COVID Comments

  • Theresa Greenfield on Tuesday called on Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst to apologize for pushing a conspiracy theory related to COVID-19 infections and deaths, echoing the challenge she first made over the weekend at the Polk County Steak Fry.
     
  • “Sen. Ernst, I am calling on you today to publicly apologize to our doctors, our nurses, our health care workers, our hospitals. These folks are heroes and they’re putting their lives on the line to keep us healthy and safe during this pandemic,” Greenfield said during a virtual press conference. “Actively misleading the public regarding our health care and our health care system is wrong and it is not Iowa values.”
     
  • Greenfield’s presser on Tuesday afternoon stems from comments Ernst made Aug. 31 at an event in Black Hawk County, where she suggested hospitals are inflating the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths for financial gain. Iowa’s junior U.S. senator also said, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, she was “so skeptical” of the coronavirus death toll and case counts in the United States… 
     
  • There is no evidence to suggest hospital administrators or medical professionals are exaggerating the number of COVID-19 patients they treat or how many have died due to complications from the respiratory disease, prompting swift condemnation across the state for Ernst’s statements.
     
  • Ernst has not apologized in public for the comments Iowa medical professionals have called “incredibly disappointing,” “hurtful and offensive” and “dangerous.”

The Gazette: Theresa Greenfield calls on Sen. Joni Ernst to apologize to health care workers

  • Theresa Greenfield is “hot under the collar” about remarks her opponent, Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, made two weeks ago about health care workers inflating the numbers of COVID-19 cases.
     
  • “I’m upset … frankly, I’m ticked off,” she told reporters Tuesday afternoon, because rather than supporting health care workers, Ernst “has been attacking them and attacking the health care that so many Iowans rely upon.”
     
  • Greenfield was referring to a comment Ernst made in Black Hawk County on Aug. 31 when responding to a person who said COVID-19 deaths were being overcounted. Ernst said she, too, was “skeptical” of the numbers.
     
  • “Sen. Ernst, I’m calling on you today to publicly apologize to our doctors, our nurses, our health care workers, our hospitals,” Greenfield said. “These folks are heroes, and they’re putting their lives on the line to keep us healthy and safe during this pandemic.”

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