Oops: GOP Sen. Joni Ernst links removal trial to anti-Joe Biden politics

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) may have slipped up Monday at the Trump removal trial when she admitted seeing a political advantage for Republicans should the GOP-led Senate refuse to hold 45* accountable for the offenses for which he was impeached.

From Huffington Post:

“I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?” Ernst, a member of GOP leadership, asked at a press conference Monday. …

[Presidential candidate Joe] Biden’s campaign pushed back in a statement, arguing that Republicans are targeting the former vice president because they are afraid he will become the Democratic presidential nominee.

“Senator Ernst just said the quiet part out loud: Republicans are terrified that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee, defeat Donald Trump, and help progressives gain seats in the House and take the Senate,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said. “We are in a battle for the soul of this nation, and the GOP can’t stop revealing that Vice President Biden is the best candidate to win it.”

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