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Scratch that: Jensen no longer speaking at all-star, anti-vaxxers ‘health freedom summit’

By: - September 13, 2022 2:20 pm

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

About a week after the Reformer reported that GOP gubernatorial nominee Scott Jensen was scheduled to speak at an Alexandria event alongside some of the world’s most prominent anti-vaccine activists, he is no longer listed on the lineup.

The Chaska doctor had been scheduled to speak at a “global health freedom summit” on Oct. 1, but disappeared from the website about a week ago. He is the only speaker who has been deleted.

Among the speakers is Sherri Tenpenny, a Cleveland osteopath who testified at an Ohio state House committee hearing that the vaccine could magnetize people and interface with 5G cell phone towers.

The Center for Countering Digital Hate’s “Disinformation Dozen” named Tenpenny among the 12 most prolific purveyors of anti-vaxx content on Facebook and Twitter.

The event also includes 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.

Another speaker is Del Bigtree, a TV producer-turned-anti-vaxx-CEO who, like Jensen, has likened the treatment of anti-vaxxers to persecuted Jews. Bigtree went so far as to pin a Star of David on his jacket at an anti-vaxxer event. 

Jensen has frequently appeared on Bigtree’s weekly anti-vaccine podcast called The Highwire, where Bigtree accused Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, of leading a money-making global cabal to force the COVID vaccine on everyone in the world.

Jensen has denied being anti-vaccine, but as of earlier this year he wasn’t vaccinated. He once referred to COVID-19 as a “mild four-day respiratory illness.” In April, he compared pandemic public health policies to Hitler’s rise and made the analogy again in a series of August statements. 

Neither Jensen nor the event organizers has responded to a request for comment.

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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. Before joining the staff of the Reformer in 2021 she was a contributor to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She and her husband have a daughter, son, and very grand child. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog, garden and attempt to check out all the best restaurants in the metro area.