While the Swamp Establishment attempts to push repugnant candidates like Nikki Haley on the GOP base, it remains solid and committed behind former President Donald Trump. Even as those who never really liked Trump in the first place jump ship and claim rebranded neocons are “the future of the GOP,” the stolid American people are sticking behind the one defender of Heritage Americans, Donald Trump.
And Trump is playing that part well, first traveling to East Palestine to give the people there help and McDonald’s, and now traveling to Davenport, Iowa to meet with farmers and give a speech on his vision of the future. As local news reported:
He commended his MAGA movement’s 7th year in action, claiming its strength against “sinister forces” and perceived enemies, which he named as “globalists, Marxists, crooked Democrat prosecutors all across the country, RINOS (Republicans In Name Only), Communists, anti-energy extremists, open-borders fanatics, pro-China special interests, and fake news media.” While listing the last item, he pointed to the area where News 8 and other journalists stood – both from local and national outlets.
[…]Several times throughout the speech, he reiterated support between himself and Iowa farmers, mentioning support for policies like lower taxes, the removal of estate and death taxes, and Iowa’s growing ethanol industry from the production, sale and export of E15 gasoline.
[…]Trump cited the 2019 lifting of the ban on the summertime use of ethanol, which did significantly boost the industry to the support of farmers nationwide…
[…]Trump also spoke about his foreign and economic policy, including his repeal of the Iran nuclear deal, economic deals with other countries and his ban on travelers from predominately-Muslim countries, which was swiftly rescinded by President Biden not long after his inauguration.
His economic policy was also a prime focus throughout the night, touting lowered taxes, boosts to the steel industry, boosts to agriculture and low inflation and gas prices as a result of his policymaking.
Trump promised he will “cancel every Biden policy brutalizing our farmers” within hours of inauguration, specifically saying he would attack the high price of fertilizer.
He criticized President Biden on the economy, blaming him and his Administration for current economic troubles, inflation and high prices, though this claim excludes many contributing factors, like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged corporate price gouging.
Trump also blasted other Republican leaders, including potential rival candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who he claimed strongly opposes ethanol and advocates for cuts to social security and Medicare, as well as the raising of the retirement age to 70.
That speech followed a Truth Social post in which Trump said, “Nobody, in history, did more for the FARMERS of our Country than I did. Even got them 28 Billion Dollars from China based on how unfairly they were treated, before me, by the Chinese Government.” Adding to that, he then said, “People couldn’t believe it. Nobody’s going to win with the Farmers but ‘Donald J. Trump.’ Will be in Iowa on Monday. Big crowd.”
And the farmers agreed with Trump. For example, during an interview with the DC Enquirer on Tuesday, Trent Leisy, the CEO of Northern Colorado Seeds, agreed with Trump. In Leisy’s words, “No other president did more for American farmers than President Trump.”
Continuing, Leisy said “While past presidents were caving to the demands of Mexico, Canada, and China, President Trump was putting American farmers first. Farmers understood that as President Trump was negotiating the new USMCA as well as new trade agreements with China that they would be financially impacted.”
He then explained why farmers supported Trump and took the temporary financial hit in the hope of a future payoff from his trade policies, saying, “Farmers were okay taking a short-term loss knowing that the long-term gain would be financially rewarding. President Trump’s promise to the American farmers was a promise kept by President Trump. He returned billions of dollars back to the farmers when his new trade agreements were established. For the first time in modern history farmers were the forefront of a president’s agenda.”
Ending, he said, “Farmers went from being revered by President Trump to being disdained by President Biden. Farmers are now suffering through this record inflation.”
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