Iowa Democrats were critical of Gov. Kim Reynolds for taking a trip to the southern border on Wednesday. Reynolds addressed some of the talking points thrown at her by Iowa reporters during a press call.
Reynolds did a great job dispelling the leftist talking points about her trip to the border. But it didn’t stop elected Democrats from adding criticism.
Representative Ras Smith, one of the Democrats running for the party’s nomination for governor, called on Reynolds to “cancel” her “political stunt” at the border. This fundraising email was sent hours after — AFTER — Reynolds toured the border.
“Governor Kim Reynolds is headed to the US-Mexico border for a political stunt to drum up support from her far-right base,” the email from Smith’s campaign said. “Unfortunately, it’s exactly what we’ve come to expect from her.”
Democrat Rep. Mary Wolfe said Reynolds “could have (and has) delivered the same anti-Biden speech from right here in Iowa but that wouldn’t have made the national news.”
It may be Democrats honestly do not believe the Biden border crisis causes problems for Iowa — or any other state not along the southern border.
Perhaps they missed the flight of nearly 100 unaccompanied migrant minors into the Des Moines Airport without any notification of state or city officials. Perhaps they missed the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. Maybe they haven’t heard about Sarah Root.
If that’s true — that they genuinely do not know about any of those situations — then they are choosing to be ignorant.
If it isn’t true — and they know about those situations but still don’t understand how illegal immigration impacts Iowa — then they are also ignorant.
Or, they’re willing to appear ignorant for the sake of politics.