Joni Ernst, a candidate running for Democratic United States Senator Tom Harkin’s seat in Iowa’s Senate, released a campaign advertisement this week bragging about how great she is wielding a knife when castrating hogs.
The quip caught the attention of comedian and host of “The Tonight Show,” Jimmy Fallon, who invited the forty-three year old state senator to appear as one of his guests. When trying to play the advertisement, Fallon could not make it past her first line: “Hi, I’m Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm,” she says in her debut television advertisement. Fallon responded by hollaring, “Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Do you want to do one more take?…I don’t know what she’s running for, but just give her the job!”
In the ad, Ernst vowed to use her hog-castrating savvy to “make ’em squeal” in Washington, D.C. The full quote goes: “I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork. Washington’s full of big spenders. Let’s make ’em squeal.” Although her advertisement is supposed to be a metaphor to cutting spending in Washington, it also makes her appear as someone who finds humour and pride in their power over others.
“Castrating piglets and cutting off their tails without any painkillers is a customary practice,” said Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. It is “one made all the more traumatic because it is often done in front of the mothers who are unable to help their young,” he added.
It is interesting that former Alsaka governor, Sarah Palin, whom is an avid hunter, and presently hosting a hunting series on the Sportsman Channel, threw her support behind Ernst. “If Nebraska’s Deb Fisher can see through the bull in Washington, then Iowa’s Joni Ernst can help her cut through the pork,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page.
Responding to Palin’s endorsement, Ernst said, “As our campaign builds energy toward a primary win in June, Sarah Palin’s roaring support will help me to victory, and as a result, make ‘em squeal in Washington.”
If Ernst finds inflicting pain on animals comical, and threatens to castrate her peers, then both people and animals better cross their legs and run for cover, if she wins the Senate race.
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