The unlikely candidate's farm girl background catapulted her into the U.S. Senate, where Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) welcomed her with a plaque bearing a pig castration tool.
On Tuesday night, as The Hill pointed out, "Ernst presented a more family-friendly version now that she's an incumbent senator."
Surgical pig castration is standard practice in the U.S. meat industry. It is often done without anesthesia but doesn't have to be inhumane: Immunocastration, a process that involves injecting a protein compound to prevent hormone production, prevents the need for painful live castration. It's commonly used in many countries - but, as Ernst can surely attest, it's far rarer in the U.S.