Donald Trump, the former President of the United States, released a strange campaign video on Friday intended for American farmers. In the video, he boasted about his administration’s actions on behalf of farmers, such as saving ethanol and eliminating the inheritance tax for family farms. He also said that eliminating the inheritance tax would allow farmers to leave their farms to their children tax free.
“I got rid of the death tax on farms so that when you do pass away, on the assumption that you love your children, you can leave it to them and they won’t have to pay tax,” he said. “But if you don’t love your children so much, and there are some people that don’t, and maybe deservedly so, it won’t matter, because frankly you won’t have to leave them anything.”
Trump concluded the video by saying, “Thank you very much, have fun!”
Some folks were puzzled in how not loving one’s children is supposed to be fun.
Some farmers might remember the Trump years a little different than he is advertising, however. Some of them remember the “backstabbing” tariffs and the damage Trump’s unnecessary trade war caused them.
This is what a Pennsylvania dairy farmer who supported him in 2016 had to say about Trump just a few months before the pandemic hit in 2019:
“Farmers have had a tough couple of years between bad weather and this trade war that has persisted. Nationally, farm bankruptcies are up 20 percent in just the last year and, here, dairy farms in Pennsylvania are dwindling. We spoke to some farmers who supported the president but say they’re rethinking their vote for 2020.”
He also added:
“I think he’s sort of back-stabbing the main people who got him into office in the Midwest, all those Midwest states helped to vote him in and also Pennsylvania. He just left us out.”
The video was released as Trump sets his sights on winning Iowa, which will be the first major contest in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. The Democratic Party, on the other hand, are more than likely going to begin their primary season in South Carolina.
Who Trump will be facing in the upcoming primaries still remains to be seen. Former South Carolina Governor and part-time Trump ally, Nikki Haley has entered the race. Many are expecting Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis to enter the race, although he has not made anything official as of the time of this writing. Vivek Ramaswamy, a 37 year old entrepreneur has also thrown his hat into the ring. He doesn’t have much of a national profile as of yet, but, in politics, sometimes things can change dramatically.
Other candidates seem to be exploring the idea, but no one else has made it official.