Just about the entire Iowa delegation has made public statements about the partial government shutdown and the funding for a border wall. And the issue seemingly breaks along party lines.
Yet U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) hasn’t issued any sort of press release about the border wall or the shutdown.
Ernst publicly disagreed with President Trump about whether a government shutdown was something to be proud of.
“I think we all in Congress strive not to shut down the government. I think that would be very detrimental to our federal agencies and various activities that they support.”
She maintains she does support the President’s effort to secure the border.
Ernst has perhaps been the most vocal critic of President Trump among Iowans in Washington. Well, Congressman David Young has likely been more critical of President Trump, but he lost re-election in November. It’s unknown how much his criticisms of Trump hampered his bid for re-election.
It is fair for game for members of the same party to criticize a sitting President. To an extent it is admirable. But the danger in doing so is losing support from those who support the President.
It is likely that Congressman Young lost some support over his criticism of President Trump.
With Sen. Ernst up for re-election in 2020, she must find a way to be mindful of her campaign while also challenging the President when she disagrees. It is clear Republicans lost ground in Iowa in 2018, and if she fails to support the President in areas where the base does, she’ll be in serious trouble come 2020.