Joni Ernst Met With 'Sexist' Insult After Challenging Dem Opponent to Debates

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Posted: Jun 22, 2020 4:45 PM
Joni Ernst Met With 'Sexist' Insult After Challenging Dem Opponent to Debates

Source: Caroline Brehman/Pool Photo via AP

On Monday Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) challenged her Democratic opponent Theresa Greenfield to half a dozen debates leading up to November's election. In her video announcement she was dressed in her usual motorcycle outfit with her helmet in hand. She explained that she wants to challenge Greenfield on the issues, but what Ernst wasn't expecting was to be met with insulting and "sexist" tweets about her wardrobe.

Instead of encouraging hearty debate, Justin Barasky, senior adviser for the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, could do no better than poke fun at Sen. Ernst's wardrobe.

"Oh please," Ernst reacted.

Sen. Ernst is the first woman to serve in federal elected office from Iowa, and the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate. And she happens to love riding her motorcycle. So yeah, she wears leather jackets. What that has to do with debates we have yet to understand.

A few months ago, when Sen. Ernst unveiled her proposal to reform the Violence Against Women Act, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped her in her tracks. What's more, the Senate Majority PAC claimed that domestic violence victims "deserved better" than Ernst. 

What's interesting about that remark is that Ernst happens to be a domestic abuse survivor herself, something she's been very candid about.

Ernst hopes to see Greenfield on the debate stage two times a month starting in August.