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Scott Jensen back on speaking circuit with anti-vaxx activists

By: - August 22, 2023 12:28 pm

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen speaks as supporters cheer behind him at a rally at an Apple Valley Cowboy JackÕs Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Scott Jensen, the 2022 Republican candidate for governor, has apparently changed his mind again about whether to hang out with some infamous anti-vaxxers. 

When he was running for governor last year, first he agreed to speak at an Alexandria event with some of the world’s most prominent anti-vaccine activists. About a week later, he changed his mind (after the Reformer wrote about it).

Now, he’s back in the lineup for this year’s “Global Health Freedom Summit” on Sept. 30, per his recent politics email.

Here are some of the other speakers: 

  • Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland osteopath who testified at an Ohio state House committee hearing that the COVID-19 vaccine could magnetize people and interface with 5G cell phone towers.
  • Eden Prairie doctor Robert Zajac, who was disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for telling parents that childhood vaccines aren’t safe. Speaking just before Jensen at a November event, Zajac said the leading cause of coronavirus deaths is the medical system.
  • Dr. Peter McCullough, a Dallas cardiologist whose certifications in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease may be revoked due to his public statements about the purported dangers of COVID-19 vaccines. 
  • Scott Atlas, whom the Washington Post‘s editorial board accused of wrecking the pandemic response by the Trump administration by pushing herd immunity.  
  • Leila Centner, a Republican mega-donor who prohibited her private school’s employees from getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and likened public schools to indoctrination camps.
  • Christiane Northrup, a retired celebrity doctor who claimed the virus was part of a plot involving Deep State brainwashing and depopulation schemes; encouraged fans to check out QAnon; called the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a “COVID death cult,” and described the vaccines as crimes against humanity.

Jerod Ochsendorf, an Alexandria chiropractor who has worked for several University of Minnesota teams, is hosting. 

In his email, Jensen bills the event as a place to get “uncensored updates from names you trust while discovering new and important front-line voices.” 

“We strive to offer only the best in the movement that will stand and deliver truth! This year you will learn to legally protect yourself from forced vaccinations, mask mandates, and other forms of medical tyranny,” Jensen wrote.

Jensen has recently sought to freshen up his political profile, having said during a recent podcast interview that he erred during the 2022 campaign by underestimating the impact of his anti-abortion stances.

Nearly three-fourths of Minnesotans received a full COVID-19 vaccination. 

* Clarification: Jensen also spoke at previous summits before dropping out of the event last year, according to 

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Deena Winter
Deena Winter

Deena Winter has covered local and state government in four states over the past three decades, with stints at the Bismarck Tribune in North Dakota, as a correspondent for the Denver Post, city hall reporter in Lincoln, Nebraska, and regional editor for Southwest News in the western Minneapolis suburbs.