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

A Democratic Senate candidate challenging Iowa Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstBiden calls out Iowa GOP senator's impeachment comments: 'She spilled the beans' GOP Iowa senator suggests Trump impeachment defense could hurt Biden at caucuses Republicans show little enthusiasm for impeachment witness swap 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 TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 McConnellTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP confident of win on witnesses Collins Senate bid threatens to spark GOP rift in Georgia 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.