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John G. Roberts, Jr.
Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are
Believers of Ernst hoax say a lot about who we are

"Unbelievably sad." That was the subject line of an email a colleague sent me last week. In it, she forwarded a link to a story that had Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst telling a Des Moines radio host that Congress should outlaw vaccines because they "manipulate brains." According to the story, the host asked Ms. Ernst to clarify, whereupon the conservative freshman explained that when they were children, she had a friend who was vaccinated, while she herself never was because her family couldn't afford it. The story quotes Ms. Ernst as saying, "Now, we grew up in the same town, went to the same schools, attended the same church, we even served in the...

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