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Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) released her second ad of the campaign on Sunday, and it’s almost as ridiculous as her first.

Ersnt, a Tea Party-backed state senator, earned national headlines in March when she cut an ad threatening to castrate congressmen who don’t agree to reduce spending. But in her new ad, Ernst trades in her hog knife for a handgun:

“Conservative Joni Ernst: mom, farm girl, and a lieutenant colonel who carries more than just lipstick in her purse,” a narrator says as a leather-clad Ernst rides a motorcycle to a shooting range. The candidate then loads her gun and fires six shots into a target.

“Once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni’s going to unload,” the narrator says. “Oh, and one more thing: Joni doesn’t miss much.”

If the ad gives you a strong Sarah Palin vibe, that’s by design; the former Alaska governor has been one of Ernst’s most prominent surrogates throughout the campaign, and Ernst has eagerly co-opted Palin’s “mama grizzly” brand.

Ernst currently holds a narrow lead over energy executive Mark Jacobs in the Republican primary race. If no candidate wins 35 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary, then the nominee will be selected through a state convention two weeks later. Such conventions tend to favor more conservative candidates like Ernst. Whoever wins the Republican nomination will face U.S. Representative Bruce Braley (D) in the general election.

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The latest right-wing "antifa" hoax—namely, the claim that leftist arsonists have been secretly behind the wildfires that have swept the West Coast this month—is now being broadcast to millions of people. It bubbled up from the fever swamps of the far right, broadcast widely by key figures atop the media food chain: Donald Trump, Joe Rogan, Fox News, and leading Republican political candidates.

Trump retweeted an alt-right-flavored anti-Biden video suggesting he was ignoring antifa arsonists threatening the suburbs. Rogan, a wildly popular podcast host, told his audience that "left-wing people" were responsible for the fires (and apologized for it the next day). Fox News appeared especially eager to blame antifa for the wildfires as a way of denying the role of climate change. And in Washington state, where the fires have hit hard, the Republican nominee in the governor's race joined in spreading the claims through a campaign video.

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