Seriously. HER DOG!!!!
The Iowa senate race between incumbent Republican Senator Joni Ernst and Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield has gotten seriously bitchy. We mean that quite literally. It’s not a battle over policy or the poll numbers that have started to favor Greenfield that have seen things get off the leash. No, Ernst drew fire on social media today because she aimed her biting remarks at Greenfield’s … dog?
Yes, Ernst threw the Twittersphere a real bone when comments caught their attention where she derided Greenfield for “hiding in her basement” taking selfies with her dog, Ringo. Here’s the audio complete with some dog whistles about “leadership.”
It seems that Ernst really barked up the wrong tree with these comments, because “Ringo” began trending in Iowa, then nationally, along with #IStandWithRingo, bringing more attention to this very close race.
This Tweet really nails it:
“While I'm out there talking to folks about these Paycheck Protection Program opportunities, when I'm talking to them about supports needed in our rural health care system, when I'm talking about supports necessary for child care so that moms and dads can get back to work, she's been hiding in her basement taking selfies with her dog Ringo,” Ernst complained, adding, “The times are tough right now, and it takes a tough leader out there, leading from the front, not hiding in a basement.”
Ernst is not alone in blasting her opponent for social distancing.
Earlier this month, Sen. Susan Collins launched an ad dishonestly attacking her Democratic opponent, Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon, of dereliction of duty. Her reasoning: The state legislature had adjourned a few weeks earlier than usual, in March, as the pandemic was beginning.
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