Democratic challenger to Joni Ernst releases ad depicting her as firing gun at him

A Democratic Senate candidate challenging Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstErnst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE (R) for her seat on Thursday released a new campaign ad showing Ernst shooting at the challenger with a handgun.

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In the ad, Eddie Mauro, the Democratic candidate, is walking through an Iowa field as bullets whiz by him, hitting fences and trees in an Iowa field. The ad uses footage from Ernst’s own 2014 campaign, in which she shoots a handgun at a shooting range while “taking aim” at “wasteful government spending” and the Affordable Care Act. 

“One of the reasons I’m running [for Senate]?” Mauro asks in the ad as a bullet hits a fence behind him, “Because our current senator, Joni Ernst, she thinks it’s okay to run ads glorifying guns. She doesn’t seem to care that many of those guns will be pointed at our kids, our teachers, churchgoers, moviegoers, concertgoers, our police officers." 

“While she’s afraid to stand up to the NRA, or common sense gun laws, I’m ready to stand up for Iowa and keep our schools, our communities, our kids safe,” he continues.

 

Mauro calls Ernst’s term a “nonstop assault on Iowans’ rights” in the ad and calls President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Trump confirms 2018 US cyberattack on Russian troll farm Trump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott MORE her “boss in the White House.” 

“On the right to affordable health care, on a woman’s right to choose, on workers’ rights and farmers’ rights,” Mauro continues, punctuating each item with the sound of a gunshot.  

“I won’t accept the status quo. Joni Ernst, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE, Donald Trump and the NRA — you won’t like what I have to say,” Mauro continues, as a bullet hits a tree branch in the Iowa field.

Ernst's campaign responded to the ad Thursday, tweeting "It’s outrageous and offensive that @eddiejmauro would make light of gun violence in order to help his campaign. He should be ashamed and this disgusting ad should be taken down immediately."

 

It’s not the first time other candidates have mocked Ernst’s 2014 campaign ad. Businessman Mark Jacobs (R), who ran against Ernst in the 2014 Republican primary for the senate seat, released an ad at the time accusing Ernst of “firing blanks.”

Ernst easily won her Senate seat by more than 8 points in 2014.