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‚Äôs quote to mean that she supports violent revolution against the U.S. government, including police and soldiers:
That‚Äôs not what Ernst was talking about and Begala knows it, but hey, there‚Äôs 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‚Äôd be kind of stupid for trying to get elected to the Senate, wouldn‚Äôt she?