Joni Ernst is a scary, hog-castrating conspiracy theorist whose backwoods-rapey ad campaign took the internet by storm earlier this year. Ernst went full-on Deliverance in a recent campaign ad where she promised (complete with banjos) that her experience on an Iowa farm help her know how to “cut pork.” She claimed that Washington is full of big spenders and finished the ad by saying, “Let’s make ’em squeal,” which was, of course, punctuated by an anguished pig’s cry.
If your primary strength is knowing how to castrate a pig, your election changes may seem dim, to some. However, for Ernst, it was enough to propel her to victory in Iowa’s Senate primary.
Ernst is no stranger to idiocy. Another ad features her shooting “Obamacare” with a handgun, and she has promised to destroy the New World Order’s attempt to implement Agenda 21, a fictional plot to strip Americans of property rights and force everyone to live in massive, condensed, megacities.
Ernst has been known to argue that poverty wages are perfectly appropriate for Iowa — many times. In a recent debate, the woman whose main qualifications include slicing bacon (if you know what I mean) and playing make-believe with a very real gun and shooting a health care law, was asked what Iowa’s state minimum wage should be.
While she entirely avoided the question, she reaffirmed her belief that there should be no federal minimum wage, and that states should individually decide how far into destitution their residents should slide. In Iowa’s case, that is currently just over $7 per hour. Her reasoning is that “our Iowa cost of living is very low,” and that she “worked the minimum wage” back “when it was lower.”
Instead of actually providing a response, Ernst said that the way to combat poverty is by “growing our economy” is unspecified ways and “making sure that we have good-paying jobs.”