Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst said she turned down the chance to be Donald Trump’s vice-president because her husband Gail did not support any successes she achieved, The Guardian reported 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,” Ernst stated in an affidavit connected to divorce proceedings with her husband. “I continued to make sacrifices and not soar higher out of concern for Gail and our family.”
After meeting with Trump in July 2016, Ernst gave a positive statement about their get-together, but a few days later she told Politico that “I made that very clear to him that I’m focused on Iowa. I feel that I have a lot more to do in the United States Senate. And Iowa is where my heart is. I’m just getting started here.”
In the affidavit, however, Ernst pointed to a different reason, saying she declined to run due to her strained marriage.
My husband “hated any successes I had and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal,” she said.
In his own court filing, Gail Ernst said he had been supportive of her political career, but admitted it took a toll on him.
“I gave up all my aspirations and goals to be a good dad and husband so Joni could pursue her dreams,” he said.
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