By Kelly Weill
Long known for her science-defying stances on health issues, presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she has advisers guiding her vaccine policy. On Tuesday, she named one: Jim Turner, a longtime lawyer for the anti-vaccine movement.
He says he has no official ties with the campaign.
Williamson, a self-help guru running for the Democratic nomination, objects to the label “anti-vaxx” (she prefers the term “safe-vaxx,” which is a popular euphemism in anti-vaxx circles), but she has hewed close to anti-vaccine talking points. On Tuesday, she told NBC that lawyer Jim Turner was advising her on vaccine policy. Turner, who has filed multiple lawsuits against vaccine programs, has spent decades advocating against immunizations while using similar “pro-safety” language as Williamson.
“There’s a man named Jim Turner, Dr. Jim Turner in Washington, D.C., who I talk to quite a bit,” Williamson told NBC when asked who was advising her vaccine policy. She did not offer any other names.
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