GOP Sen. On Working With Trump: ‘We Have a President That Has a Number of Flaws’

Republican Senator Joni Ernst distanced herself sharply from President Donald Trump during a town hall in Iowa on Tuesday. After fielding a question about the president’s character, Ernst pulled no punches, saying that Trump had “a number of flaws” “I think that we have a president that has a number of flaws,” she said, “I support a majority of the policies, versus the actual person, but I decry any time a person is ugly towards another person, I don’t think that’s appropriate.” It’s unclear what “flaws” Ernst was specifically referring to in her sudden embrace of Iowa nice, but you wouldn’t need a Pulitzer Prize to find examples of moments where Donald Trump less than decorous. In addition to slamming Trump’s character, Ernst suggested he should cut back on the Mar-a-Lago trips and spend more time in D.C. Ernst’s candor appeared to be an attempt to get out in front of increasingly hostile Republican town halls breaking out across the United States. Voters have dragged their legislators through the mud in recent days over the failure of health care reform and the general leadership morass of the Trump administration thus far. While on the subject of lawmakers being ugly towards other people, it’s a pity nobody asked Ernst about her Congressional colleague, Steve King. [image via screengrab]

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