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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa’s junior senator said she’s disappointed with Donald Trump.

Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, has stayed publicly neutral in the presidential race before the Iowa Caucuses and she has stayed that way since.

But that doesn’t mean she’ll hold back her criticism for the way Trump talks sometimes.

“I’m disappointed with what I see in the race right now — the name calling and the finger-pointing. I don’t think that’s productive,” Ernst said in an interview with WHO-HD’s Dave Price.

Ernst also said she wants women to push back against things Trump has said. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 70 percent of American women have a bad view of Trump.

“I would encourage women to stand up and say, ‘You know what, I’m not going to put up with his nonsense, but I do agree with him on this policy,’” Ernst said. “Sometimes we have to look beyond certain aspects of a person and figure out do we agree. And he may not be able to overcome some of those aspects.”

Watch the first part of the April 3 edition of the Insiders for Ernst’s entire perspective on Trump.

Up next…

Sen. Chuck Grassy has been attracting organized protests just about anywhere he goes. Sen. Joni Ernst says she supports the protesters, but she has some advice for them. Click here for Part 2.

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