Iowans Set to Elect Tea Party Senate Candidate Who Claims the Right to Shoot Other Government Officials

If elected, Joni Ernst will join Ted Cruz’s Klown Kar Kaucus in the Senate
Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012
Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

During the 2010 midterms, Nevada tea party extremist Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race, made a series of gaffes that cratered her opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The best remembered of these were quotes that surfaced in which she suggested “Second Amendment” remedies might be required both to deal with the “tyrannical” federal government (read: “Obamacare”) and to unseat Sen. Reid if voters foolishly chose to reelect him.

In this cycle, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa has made a similar, though more oblique, statement that has barely caused a stir. At a rally sponsored by the National Rifle Association about a month after a shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Co., movie theatre, killing 12 people in 2012, Joni Ernst — who, as a member of the Iowa Senate, is a government official herself — claimed the right to take up arms against other government officials:

“I do believe in the right to carry and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family — whether it’s from an intruder, or whether it’s from the government, should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

Ernst called a similar mass shooting near the campus of the University of California Santa Barbara “an unfortunate accident,” adding that “because of a horrible, horrible tragedy, I don’t believe we should be infringing upon peoples’ Second Amendment rights.”

But Ernst is not just a gun nut, her extremist positions across the board will put her in the Senate’s Klown Kar Kaucus headed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas:

She supports a “personhood” amendment that could make all abortions illegal and endanger birth control and in vitro fertilization. She has called for President Barack Obama’s impeachment and thinks states should be free to nullify federal laws. She has vowed to vote for a federal constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, and she buys into the conspiracy theory that the United Nations’ “Agenda 21” is a secret plan to usurp democracy.

The latest poll on the race, from Quinnipiac, found Ernst leading the Democratic candidate, Rep. Bruce Braley, 49 percent to 45 percent. The margin of error is 3.4 percent.

The irony here is that as Rep. Michele Bachmann, the Minnesotan who once chaired the House Klown Kar Kaucus, is retiring, it appears she’s being replaced in the Senate by another Midwestern loon.

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