Quantcast
Connect with us

GOP candidate Joni Ernst to Charles Pierce’s factual Ebola question: That’s ‘your opinion’

Published

on

State Senator Joni Ernst speaking at a campaign rally outside Gilmore Hall at the University of Iowa (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican senatorial candidate Joni Ernst, who cancelled a full slate of interviews with Iowa papers last week, came face to face with a reporter this morning only to dismiss his assertion that there is only one victim of Ebola in the US, calling the fact, “your opinion.”

At a campaign stop in Newton, Iowa, Ernst complained that President Obama isn’t leading America, calling him “apathetic.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Following the event, Ernst came face to face with Charles Pierce from Esquire magazine who pressed her over her claims about the president in an exchange also documented by Ben Terris of the Washington Post.

“He is just standing back and letting things happen, he is reactive rather than proactive,” Ernst told the crowd. “With Ebola, we see he’s very hands-off. He’s not leading. He’s not leading.”

“What should he have done about Ebola?” Pierce asked her. “One person in America has Ebola.”

“OK, you’re the press, you’re giving me your opinion,” Ernst replied.

“But that’s not an opinion. It’s a fact. Only one person in America has Ebola,” Pierce countered.

ADVERTISEMENT

“But he is the leader,” Ernst attempted to explain, drawing out the word ‘leader’. “What he can do is make sure that all of those agencies are coordinating together and make sure that he is sharing that information with the American people, that he cares about their safety.”

Pierce asked, “So he doesn’t care about the people with the disease?”

“I don’t know that he does, he hasn’t demonstrated that,” Ernst asserted after which she dismissed Pierce with “I’m sorry. I’m done. Anybody else?”

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump knew how bad COVID-19 was in January — but called it ‘good’ because he could avoid shaking ‘disgusting’ voters’ hands: ex-Pence aide

Published

on

Olivia Troye, a former White House aide who worked for Vice President Mike Pence's office, is sounding off with more details about the Trump administration's early knowledge about the severity of the coronavirus.

Troye appeared on "The Today Show" on Tuesday where she discussed the weeks leading up to the World Health Organization declaring the coronavirus a global pandemic. Although Pence and President Donald Trump have repeatedly claimed they had no way of knowing how bad the pandemic could be, Troye suggests otherwise, reports The Hill.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Completely shameless’: Pompeo faces backlash for violating his own guidelines on political activity

Published

on

President Donald Trump's secretary of state has been increasingly "brazen" about appearing at political events, in apparent violation of his own directive to the department's employees.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wanted to accept the president's invitation last year to speak at a campaign rally, but a congressional aide said he backed down after being told that would violate existing rules, reported Politico.

However, that's all changed this year.

“What he is doing is entirely unconventional,” said Harry Kopp, an author of books on U.S. diplomacy. “The employees of the State Department have, by now, I think, no illusions about the partisan nature of their secretary of state.”

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Trainer for anti-COVID lockdown group caught on camera telling supporters how to break the law

Published

on

A signature-gathering trainer for a Michigan group working to overturn Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's pandemic restrictions has been caught on camera advising the group's supporters on how to break the law.

The Detroit Free Press, which obtained a copy of the video, reports that trainer Erik Tisinger instructed supporters for Unlock Michigan in assorted nefarious practices for illegally collecting signatures.

Among other things, Tisinger told Unlock Michigan backers that it is "super easy" to give misleading answers under oath if they're compelled to testify by a court of law about their activities; that they could leave copies of their petitions with store clerks to collect signatures even though getting signatures without properly witnessing them would be illegal; and that they could trespass on private property to collect signatures even without business owners' permission.

Continue Reading
 
 
Democracy is in peril. Invest in progressive news. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free. LEARN MORE