Last night, Iowa Senator Joni Ernst used her speech at the Republican National Convention to further align herself with Donald Trump and his Radical Right, out-of-touch, anti-freedom agenda.
In her remarks, Ernst praised Trump for his response to the devastating derecho that left more than half a million Iowans without power, damaging more than 8,200 homes and 13 million acres of corn (43% of the state’s total crops).
In a telling sign of Ernst’s misplaced priorities — and her unwavering fealty to Trump — the senator used her platform to spew charged rhetoric and mislead voters by touting Trump’s advocacy for farmers, despite the fact that he approved only a fraction of the disaster relief Iowans desperately need, neglecting to provide 27 counties with financial assistance to repair destroyed homes, farmland, and utilities and deliver essential aid to thousands of struggling Iowans.
Unfortunately for Iowans, Ernst has proven time and again her willingness to jeopardize the health, safety and freedoms of her constituents in favor of advancing an ideological agenda in lockstep with Trump.
As Senator, Ernst has worked to undermine reproductive freedom at every turn, serving as a rubber-stamp for Trump’s extremist, regressive agenda by helping him to stack the federal judiciary with judges hostile to Roe v. Wade and determined to gut or overturn the constitutional right to abortion.
Not only is Ernst wildly out of step with national public sentiment, she’s even too extreme for voters in her own state. Ernst’s RNC speech comes on the heels of new polling released earlier this week by NARAL Pro-Choice America, which underscores just how out-of-touch Trump and Ernst are with Iowans on the issue of abortion.
The new polling shows that a large majority (70%) of voters in Iowa support reproductive freedom and believe abortion should be legal and that the government should not prevent a woman from making that decision for herself.
Highlights from the poll:
- 70% of Iowa voters agree (with 56% in strong agreement) that any decision about pregnancy should be made by the woman with the support of people she loves and trusts, while just 23% disagree. This includes 74% of independent voters.
- Just 14% say they would only consider voting for a candidate who supports banning abortion in the November election.
- Voters in Iowa also show strong support for respecting a woman’s freedom to make personal decisions. 68% agree that one-size-fits-all laws simply don’t work when people are making personal medical decisions, while just 16% disagree.
- A majority of Iowans in many faiths support reproductive freedom and access to abortion, including 72% of Protestants, 63% of Roman Catholics, 76% who are members of the Church of Latter-Day Saints, 77% of voters who practice another form of Christianity, and 100% of Jewish voters surveyed and voters who practice another religion.