Advertisement

Gov. Kim Reynolds offers a new explanation for why she called Iowa liberals ‘unhinged’


Gov. Kim Reynolds — photo courtesy of the Office of the Governor of Iowa

At her weekly press conference on Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds offered an explanation for why she called Iowa liberals “unhinged” during a speech last month. Her explanation, however, didn’t address what she actually said during that speech, and didn’t match the explanation her campaign spokesperson had already provided for the remark.

“As we all know as we travel the state, the liberals are unhinged and they are out for us,” Reynolds said at an Oct. 21 fundraiser for her gubernatorial campaign.

On Tuesday, Reynolds said her remarks were not the result of what she has seen traveling the state, but were inspired by mean-spirited comments on social media.

In response to a journalist’s question about what she meant by “the liberals are unhinged,” Reynolds began by saying, “So, first of all, I’m the governor of everybody, so I want to make that clear. But I’m probably talking about a very small, minute population.”

But I’ll give you one example. Okay, so I have a personal social media account and I do a lot of — I try to — it’s really important to me to carve out time for my family and my grandchildren. They’re a big part of my life — they keep me real, they keep me grounded, they help me do a better job. And I post a picture of my grandchildren playing soccer, and the comments that were posted under a private social media account about my children — my grandchildren, excuse me — playing soccer, and something to the effect that, “You know, I hope they’re drinking the water and they have detrimental outcomes.” And I’m being really very nice in how I’m describing what those posts were.

Following the fundraiser speech, Little Village contacted the Reynolds campaign to ask who the governor was describing as an unhinged liberal, and in his response, campaign communications director Pat Garrett never mentioned Reynolds social media accounts. Instead, Garrett sent a collection of 31 links to news stories, blog posts and tweets.

Almost half the links weren’t about Iowans, and only one of the Iowa links involved behavior that can fairly be described as unhinged. In August a Waterloo man was arrested for tweeting threats to Sen. Joni Ernst, but politics weren’t involved. According to The Gazette, the man “claimed he had been sending tweets to Ernst since she was elected because he wanted her help to get a waiver to join the military. He told [FBI] agents he needed the waiver because of his criminal history and age.”

After explaining why she called Iowa liberals unhinged, Reynolds said, “There is no civil discourse left, and it’s really sad.” Asked who is responsible for improving the level of discourse, Reynolds replied, “We all are. We all are responsible.”


Comments:

  1. At least she hasn’t selected any vitriolic figureheads to help with her upcoming campaign team yet. That would be embarrassing and hypocritical. Whoops. I spoke too soon . . .

    1. Oh yeah, picking Steve King will really improve the level of constructive discourse. Such a level headed mellow guy. I am so ashamed for Iowa – Reynolds, King, Ernst and Grassley. Iowans are in trouble.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Advertisement

40 Years Forward:

A Celebration of Empowerment & Hope

Deb Talan of "The Weepies" will begin our night of celebration with a story of survival, empowerment, and hope told through words and song. Join us in remembering our past and envisioning the future at the Coralville Mariott.

GET TICKETS

Friday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m.

For 18 years...

Little Village has been telling the truth and changing our little corner of the world.

If you can, help us head into the next 18 years even stronger with a one-time or monthly contribution of $18, or any amount you choose.

Advertisement

A collaboration between The Englert Theatre and FilmScene

STRENGTHEN
GROW•EVOLVE

Help us build the greatest small city for the arts in America—right here in Iowa City. Learn more »

Donate Today

Strengthen • Grow • Evolve is a collaborative campaign led by two Iowa City-based arts nonprofits, The Englert Theatre and FilmScene that seeks a major reinvestment to strengthen the arts through modern and historic venues, innovative programming, and new models of collaboration.

Little Village's
BEST OF THE CRANDIC

From Aug. 1-Sept. 30, cast your vote for your favorite places, people, eats and entertainment around the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.

Don't forget to explain your picks! The best answers will be published in LV's Best of the CRANDIC issue, out Dec. 3, 2019.