Freshman GOP Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) did not oppose President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty in her State of the Union response on Tuesday evening.
Ernst claimed that the “new Republican Congress you just elected” has “heard the message you sent in November–loud and clear.”
“And now we’re getting to work to change the direction Washington has been taking our country,” she claimed.
The Republican establishment elevated Ernst’s profile by choosing her to deliver the State of the Union response, and she ignored arguably the loudest message midterm voters sent lawmakers. Aware that the illegal immigration issue was hurting Democrats last year, incumbent Senate Democrats in red states who eventually went on to lose their races begged Obama to delay his executive amnesty until after the midterms. Seventy-five percent of voters in the midterm election voters rejected Obama’s executive amnesty in one poll while another 80% did not want foreign workers taking jobs from Americans. But Ernst only passingly mentioned that Republicans would work to “correct executive overreach” without mentioning illegal immigration, border security, or executive amnesty.