Vulnerable GOP Sen. Joni Ernst Fails to Rationalize her Supreme Court Flip-Flop
Just two years ago, Joni Ernst was one of the rising stars of the Republican party and sure to be a fixture for years to come. Fast forward to 2020 and Ernst is now an extremely vulnerable incumbent. The majority of polls in her homestate of Iowa show her losing to Democrat Theresa Greenfield.
And Ernst didn’t do herself any favors over the weekend when she changed her tune on seating a Supreme Court Justice in an election year. When asked for the reason why, Ernst basically told reporters it was because Democrats were being unfair.
When Merrick Garland was nominated by Barack Obama in 2016, Ernst said, “In the midst of a critical election, the American people deserve to have a say in this important decision that will impact the course of our country for years to come. This is not about any particular nominee; rather this is about giving the American people a voice.”
Joni Ernst told @DMRegister in 2018:
[Waiting until the election] is “precedent set. So come 2020, if there's an opening, I'm sure you'll remind me of that."
She now supports filling Ginsburg’s seat. Ernst lied. Her Senate seat is a tossup. pic.twitter.com/KPSdNEGxFz
— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) September 21, 2020
The Iowa senator, however, said she has no problem voting on whatever candidate Trump puts forward. She explained, “What I’m hearing from Iowans is just that they’ve heard that (Senate Minority Leader) Chuck Schumer has made some pretty big threats months ago, even before any of this came up. And so they see this as a way to push back against the radicalization of our Supreme Court.”
When pressed, Ernst continued, “What they’re hearing from Democrats is that they will pack the court. They’ll get rid of the Senate filibuster. And so, you cannot tell me that Democrats would not be doing the same thing right now, and none of them deny that. None of them will deny it.”
Donald Trump is expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett on Saturday afternoon.