An Iowa senator turned down the chance to be vice president because her hubby already resented her success, and she didn’t want to put additional strain on her marriage, she claims in divorce papers.
Republican lawmaker Joni Ernst said she was interviewed as a VP candidate in the summer of 2016 — but turned Donald Trump down, “knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family,” said an affidavit obtained by The Guardian.
After meeting with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club in July 2016, Ernst told Politico she had made clear that she was “focused on Iowa.”
But in the affidavit filed as part of divorce proceedings with her husband of 26 years, Ernst points to her crumbling marriage as the reason for turning down the offer.
“Meanwhile, he hated any successes I had and would belittle me and get angry any time I achieved a goal,” she says.
In his own court filing, Gail Ernst insisted he was supportive of his ex-wife but detailed how 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,” the filing says.
The pair have two daughters together.
Had Sen. Ernst accepted the nomination, it would have been the first time a woman was on the ticket for both parties.
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