The lines at the food stands are always terrible, and it’s worse when some schmuck running for office is standing in front of the counter posing for a scrum of aides and reporters…
"WELL IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME" pic.twitter.com/sayYHl3ysH
— Paul Bronks (@SlenderSherbet) August 7, 2019
Warren and Harris campaigns sharing a chant in the pre-parade for the Iowa State Fair (“I believe that she will win”) pic.twitter.com/OpbEdjKKZy
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) August 8, 2019
— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) August 7, 2019
‘The leopards were never supposed to eat *my* face!’:
… Gary Wertish, president of the Minnesota Farmers Union, drew applause as he leveled criticism of the administration’s trade policy at a forum with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in front of thousands of farmers gathered in a metal barn for a panel discussion.
American farmers took a fresh financial hit from Trump’s trade war over the weekend as China announced a halt to all U.S. agricultural imports after the president threatened Beijing with another tariff increase.
Wertish criticized Trump’s “go-it-alone approach” and the trade dispute’s “devastating damage not only to rural communities.” He expressed fears Trump’s $28 billion in trade aid will undermine public support for federal farm subsidies, saying the assistance is already being pilloried “as a welfare program, as bailouts.”
Others joined in. Brian Thalmann, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, complained about Trump statements that farmers are doing “great” again. “We are not starting to do great again,” he said. “We are starting to go down very quickly.”
Joel Schreurs of the American Soybean Association warned American producers are in danger of long-term losses in market share in China, the world’s largest importer of soybeans.
Perdue sought to soothe the crowd as he defended the president’s policies. “Obviously this is a popular opinion. A lot of applause,” he joked after the audience reacted to Democratic Representative Angie Craig saying aid is not substitute for a strategy on trade. “There is a lot of stress out there.”…
Trump’s overwhelming support in rural America was crucial to his narrow 2016 election victory and maintaining farmer’s backing is critical to his re-election bid.
In June, 54% of rural voters approved of Trump’s job performance compared with a national approval rating of 42%, according to a Gallup survey of 701 self-identified rural voters.
The way we live now:
— MediaBros (@mediabrosdotorg) August 8, 2019