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Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:27 AM

Joni Ernst Is a Harley-Riding, Gun-Shooting, Pig-Castrating Republican. Trump Is Dragging Her Down


Joni Ernst Is a Harley-Riding, Gun-Shooting, Pig-Castrating Republican. Donald Trump Is Dragging Her Down.

Farmers are used to battling acts of God, but not coping with a capricious act of man that has cut soybeans prices by 50% since 2014, costing Iowans more than $2 billion.

Margaret Carlson
Published 07.11.19 4:48AM ET

Will she or won’t she? There had been a rumor that Sen. Joni Ernst would be too busy casting votes in Congress, or washing her hair, to accompany Donald Trump on his June trip to Iowa, the one calculated to compete with Joe Biden’s first tour of a state that he and former President Barack Obama won twice, but which Trump won by nearly 10 points in 2016.

Ernst ultimately found the time to join Trump. She introduced him in Council Bluffs, endured an on-stage kiss, and, possibly, ended her career. In normal times, Ernst would be favored to win reelection. She’s the Harley-riding combat veteran known for an ad in which she promised to castrate the forces of evil in Washington the way she castrated pigs at home. In 2014, in a state that sent retiring Democrat Tom Harkin to Washington for 30 years, she won by nine points.

That was political eons ago, when the White House was but a twinkle in Trump’s eyes as he tested the presidential waters trying to prove that Obama had tricked the country into believing he was born here. Ernst didn’t have Trump on the ballot in 2014. Now, she’s running with him in 2020 with many farmers mad as hell. . Ernst hovers around a 50-percent approval; Trump’s net approval has fallen 20 points since he took office, according to the latest Morning Consult polls. He gets most of the blame for the loss of two Iowa House seats in the 2018 midterms.

That’s a lot of drag on a first-term senator who like most of her colleagues crumples like a Mylar blanket to stay on Trump’s good side. She won’t outright challenge the president on his “beautiful” tariffs in his “easy to win” trade war which in reality, says Aaron Putze of the Iowa Soybean Association, is causing Iowans a “tsunami of pain” as the “tip of the spear” in Trump’s war. It’s bringing about bankruptcies, land auctions on the courthouse steps, and crippling the economy of entire towns.

The rural vote was crucial to Trump flipping the state. Farmers are used to battling acts of God, like the floods that have hit the Midwest this year, but not coping with a capricious act of man that has cut soybeans prices by 50 percent since 2014, costing Iowa farmers an estimated $2.2 billion, according to Iowa State University, and farmers nationally $10 billion, according to the American Farm Bureau. Farmers stay up nights wrestling with whether to give up on soybeans and plant something else, knowing that the something else could well be targeted later, should the mood strike Trump.

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Reply Joni Ernst Is a Harley-Riding, Gun-Shooting, Pig-Castrating Republican. Trump Is Dragging Her Down (Original post)
DonViejo Jul 11 OP
TheBlackAdder Jul 11 #1
Bengus81 Jul 11 #2
Mike Nelson Jul 11 #3
Blue Owl Jul 11 #4
Funtatlaguy Jul 11 #5
Celerity Jul 11 #8
exboyfil Jul 11 #9
JCMach1 Jul 11 #6
IronLionZion Jul 11 #7

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:31 AM

1. Her supporters might boff sheep, but most probably don't subscribe to pedo pervert enablers.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:35 AM

2. Since 2014??

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:44 AM

3. I think she's been...

… castrating the wrong party, given all the rape allegations we've seen recently. Joni should be put out to pasture!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 09:50 AM

4. Don't forget the bread bags!

n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:31 AM

5. Are Iowa Dems running a strong challenge against her?

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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:46 AM

8. the main one Schumer tried to recruit (Cindy Axne) said thanks, but no thanks

Hopefully Vilsack reconsiders his turn-down. Former Governor Chet Culver might run as well.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 11:13 AM

9. J.D. Scholten got 47% in King's district

In 2018. He might be a good option as well. Vilsack would be ideal. I don't think much of Culver (he lost to Branstad - enough said).

Axne just took her House seat. I would not like to see such a jump so soon. I know it is not fair since Scholten lost his own race. Given that Reynolds won in 2018, I think it is highly likely that Ernst will hold her seat.

Joking about her castrating hogs is not going to win Iowa. Braley came across as elitist and condescending to farmers. It turns out he was right about Grassley being in charge of the Judiciary, but the way he phrased it cost him the election.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:34 AM

6. Ernst (R-Koch Industries)

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Jul 11, 2019, 10:43 AM

7. There was a time when Iowa elected Democrats

make Iowa blue again

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