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is sending a message that she's not serving the needs of domestic violence victims and those in the most vulnerable communities. Iowans and victims of domestic violence deserve better than Senator Ernst #IASen
— Senate Majority PAC (@MajorityPAC) November 21, 2019
Democrats looking to unseat Sen. Joni Ernst have landed on a particularly distasteful line of attack, accusing the Iowa Republican of being insufficiently supportive of domestic violence victims despite her experience as a survivor. Unfortunately for them, Ernst isn’t having it at all.
A Radio Iowa article published Thursday summarized the conflict well:
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Republican Senator Joni Ernst and the top Democrat in the senate are hurling accusations at one another over a bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Ernst accuses New York Senator Chuck Schumer of blocking Democrats from supporting the bill to hurt her bid for re-election. Schumer accuses Ernst of blocking gun-related provisions because she’s afraid of the National Rifle Association.
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Ernst’s objection is a perfectly substantive one, arguing a Democratic version of the bill could lead to due process violations. “That would be someone who was guilty of assault 30, 40 years ago, but has since been, you know, having good behavior,” the senator told Radio Iowa. “…What we can’t do is go back, change the law as it existed in 1975 and expect that is due process. It is not.”
That’s actually a reasonable objection, not the kind of straw-grasping politicians engage in to placate special interest groups. Nevertheless, a Democratic super PAC decided to imply Ernst, a domestic violence survivor, is a poor ally to domestic violence survivors.
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On Thursday, Senate Majority PAC tweeted “@joniernst is sending a message that she’s not serving the needs of domestic violence victims and those in the most vulnerable communities. Iowans and victims of domestic violence deserve better than Senator Ernst.”
That’s odd, given that Ernst is both an Iowan and a victim of domestic violence. Senate Majority PAC is helmed by J.B Poersch, described by The Hill as a “confidant” of Schumer. Ernst is up for reelection in 2020, and Democrats see her...
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