GOP Rising Star Turned Down VP Offer Because of Anti-Trump Abuser

  • 01/22/2019 12:00 AM
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
GOP Rising Star Turned Down VP Offer Because of Anti-Trump Abuser
Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) turned down then-candidate Donald Trump's offer to be his running mate – and subsequent vice president – in a bid to save her disintegrating marriage.

In divorce filings, the Hawkeye State's junior senator says her husband "hated any successes I had and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal."

Per Business Insider:

The 48-year-old lawmaker and combat veteran made the claim about her husband, Gail Ernst, in divorce filings first reported on by The Guardian on Tuesday.

"In the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump to be vice president of the United States. I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn't the right thing for me or my family," she wrote in an affidavit. "I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family."

The senator claims that her husband of 26 years resented her professional achievements and hampered her career prospects.

Ernst also claimed Gail physically assaulted her when she confronted him about an alleged affair with the family's babysitter.
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