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The Republican Party of Iowa shared the following image on social media on Thursday featuring Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Joe Biden:

The image was used as the feature image for an article about Finkenauer’s “silence” when it comes to holding China accountable.

Finkenauer’s campaign sent out an email featuring the image that they claim is insulting to Iowa women, deciding to take the insult as an opportunity to fundraise.

“This brutish, offensive, misogynistic attack doesn’t merit anything but swift and universal condemnation,” the email read. “Let’s be clear, this is far from the first time the GOP has used blunt-force tactics as a not-so-subtle way to insult Iowa women, and it surely won’t be the last.”

Finkenauer’s campaign went on to add the Iowa GOP will not “grow a conscience, compassion or decency in the next three months, so we have to prepare for more of the same and worse.”

Whether or not the image is indeed an insult to Iowa women is up to — well, Iowa women. But if the image is indeed so insulting, why would the campaign further it, broaden its audience and then raise money off it?

Author: Jacob Hall