To the editor:
My opponent, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, is pushing a debunked conspiracy theory, accusing doctors and nurses of inflating the number of COVID-19 cases for profit. In fact, she even said she’s “so skeptical” of the numbers.
Health care professionals have been working tirelessly to keep us all safe during this pandemic. Our health care workers aren’t lying — they’re putting their lives on the line, for us. But Sen. Ernst has the audacity to question their integrity. This is after she opposed more resources for our hospitals when they needed them most.
Iowa currently has the highest rate of positive COVID-19 cases in the country. Instead of spouting dangerous conspiracy theories and questioning frontline health care providers, I called for a statewide mask mandate. Sen. Ernst should join me.
Iowans get through tough times by looking out for one another, and this pandemic is no exception. Unfortunately, our leaders in Washington aren’t doing the same. In the Senate, I will always follow science and facts and make decisions based on both.
I’m appalled and disgusted that Sen. Ernst would push dangerous conspiracy theories. Iowans are doing our part to get through this. We expect our leaders to do the same.