In regard to Sen. Joni Ernst’s falsehood that she has never received dollars from the NRA, she owes her constituents an apology and clarification.
When asked if NRA donations affect policymaking, she claimed, “(The NRA does) not give us money. That would be illegal and I would be driving a nicer car.”
To clarify: Ernst may not be receiving money directly from the NRA, but as a PAC, that money is “indirectly” streaming into her re-election fund. Whether that comes in campaign contributions or independent ads in support of Ernst, it’s still dollars going her way. Further, her claim attests to the dishonesty and half-truths current elected officials are willing to commit in order to maintain their re-election appeal.
We must hold elected officials accountable. Unequivocally, money impacts policy. As Ernst’s constituents, we should demand she sever ties with the NRA or openly admit the money she received.
We deserve honesty, free from half-truths or deceiving claims. She owes her constituents an apology.