In 2012, Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst told an audience that she carries a gun to protect her family and her rights should the government ever try to take them away.

Paul Begala (and others) are now framing Ernst’s quote to mean that she supports violent revolution against the U.S. government, including police and soldiers:

That’s not what Ernst was talking about and Begala knows it, but hey, there’s an election coming up and Dem desperation is high.

Others took that ball from Begala and ran with it:

If Ernst were actually supporting violent revolution against the U.S. government she’d be kind of stupid for trying to get elected to the Senate, wouldn’t she?

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