“These crazy tweets read like Soviet Propaganda.”
President Donald Trump continued his new habit of daily massive tweetstorms on Tuesday, starting at 6:15 AM and again focusing on his failed China tariffs “policy.” Trump has levied huge tariffs on goods coming into the U.S. from China – tariffs paid by Americans – and China in response announced it will impose tariffs on U.S. goods going in to China, escalating Trump’s tariff war.
As USA Today’s G. William Hoagland, who grew up on a farm, writes, “agriculture and farm families in the bread basket states have borne the brunt of the trade war.”
That war has spanned two years now, and it’s crushing many farms.
President Trump, who does not understand even the basics of how tariffs work, repeatedly announces how excited he is that tariffs are flooding the Treasury’s coffers. He insists China is paying the tariffs on China’s goods, which is not only false, but at this point, ludicrous to keep repeating.
Trump has now decided on a bailout to pay off the farmers, with the taxes raised by his tariffs – taxes paid by Americans, in addition to the farm subsidies already in place for decades.
$15 billion, Trump says, will go to bail out America’s “great Patriot Farmers.”
….This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, to do business with us. The Farmers have been “forgotten” for many years. Their time is now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2019
“Patriot farmers” is now trending on Twitter.
Last week, in “Trump Is Terrible for Rural America,” Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times, “Trump Is Terrible for Rural America.
Many on social media are mocking the President this morning, accusing him of “socialism!” – the very claim he’s decided to wage against Democrats running to beat him in 2020 – along with spreading “Soviet propaganda,” and sounding like Chairman Mao.
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) May 14, 2019
It’s ok to subsidize trump supporters. That’s not socialism that’s just buying votes. Buying votes is a cornerstone of republican thinking
— SpeediegATL (@SPEEDIEGATL) May 14, 2019
It will never not be hilarious this guy is going to actively campaign as the candidate against “socialism” https://t.co/Ets8ekuVon
— Dustin Braden (@dbrades89) May 14, 2019
TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE STAKHANOVITE EXAMPLE OF YOUr COMRADES!
STRIVE MIGHTILY TO EXCEED THE QUOTA OF THE FIVE-YEAR BEET HARVEST! https://t.co/NAlmQQu44p
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) May 14, 2019
— Michael Leroy Oberg (@NativeAmText) May 14, 2019
The farmers are taking the biggest hit, and now you are trying to use taxpayer dollars to bail them out.
According to the Republican playbook, this is Socialism.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) May 14, 2019
“Our great Patriot Farmers”? FFS, this isn’t the Soviet Union…yet.
— Ruth Ann (@Fairy_Gmother) May 14, 2019
THIS Five-Year Plan will be the BEST Five-Year Plan for the Motherland! We will tax the consumers and give the money to the farmers to spite the foreigners!
Also, let’s keep saying that the Democrats are “socialists.” https://t.co/L7qqxZ9m37
— Gregory Koger (@GregoryKoger) May 14, 2019
None of this is true.
Also it makes no sense.
Also the farmers – unlike grifters and liars and tax cheats like you – can’t afford to lose money and continue to stay in business.
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) May 14, 2019
Guy who fear mongers about socialism introduces socialism to fix problem he unilaterally created.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) May 14, 2019
It’s great to see the Mad King slip into the rhetorical style of Mao. https://t.co/cyrQNANt7P
— Don Pogreba (@dpogreba) May 14, 2019
You sound like Chairman Mao preaching about peasants.
— Heidi (@hansonheidi) May 14, 2019
#Brokahontas your tweets sound more and more like Russian propaganda from the 1950s. “Our great Patriot Farmers,” as if you care what happens to them.
— Michael Kates (@TheMichaelKates) May 14, 2019
Great Patriot Farmers, Unite! Become State farms. Work harder, reduce quality, raise prices and make America less healthy! Join Comrade Trump in the 5 year plan to destroy US! pic.twitter.com/ZAIFFHz44E
— TrumanCapote's Ashes (@tcapotesashes) May 14, 2019
The only difference between this and Soviet propaganda is the Soviets had better English translators. https://t.co/XY9RHPajJZ
— Steven V. Miller (@stevenvmiller) May 14, 2019
This dude would have been an awesome Mao impersonator https://t.co/f1ufEJEqGg
— JimmyO (@jimmyotx) May 14, 2019
“Toil hard in the fields great patriot farmers of Trumpistan! Let this year deliver us a rich harvest so we exceed Chairman Trump’s 5 year plan!” pic.twitter.com/FXXZgx3Wdo
— Bong-Hits for Moderates (@jerweber) May 13, 2019
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DeSantis ‘Shuts Down’ Question of How He Would Handle His Kids Being LGBTQ: ‘We’ll Leave That Between My Wife and I’
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, currently polling 40 points behind GOP 2024 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, in a rare TIME magazine interview refused to answer a reporter’s question about what he would do if one of his three children were LGBTQ – but he did spend time promoting his parents’ rights platform.
“I think we were viewed, really from Day One, as the candidate that had the strong record on the issues important to parents,” the Florida Republican told TIME’s national political correspondent Molly Ball in a 30-minute interview at the Iowa State Fair published Wednesday,
“’It has been an issue, really, from the beginning,’ he says of the ‘parents’ rights’ agenda that has been central to his struggling presidential candidacy. ‘And so I do think we’ve tapped into that, and we’ll continue to do it.'”
Parents’ rights is the latest conservative code word for “family values,” as TIME’s national political correspondent Molly Ball notes.
But it really was really a platform the Florida governor grabbed after it proved to be a winning issue for Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin in what had been a “long-shot” gubernatorial battle. Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s infamous gaffe on parents’ rights gave new life to the Republican political novice’s campaign in September of 2021, just weeks before the election and just weeks after DeSantis announced he would run for re-election.
“As governor of Florida, DeSantis says, education policy is part of his purview, but it’s also personal,” Ball writes in her TIME interview.
DeSantis told her, “I also just see it through the lens of a dad of a six, five and three-year-old.”
“We understand some of the things that parents are concerned about and that parents are going through. And that impacts how we view these policies, particularly when it goes to things like parents’ rights to be involved in the education.”
Ball writes, “Framing it all a crusade for ‘parents’ rights’ is a neat trick politically, highlighting a throwback, traditionalist view of what used to be termed ‘family values,’ but with a very 2023 culture-war spin.”
“Kids should be kids—there shouldn’t be an agenda,” DeSantis told Ball. “I didn’t feel like there was an agenda when I was growing up.”
Ball reports, “I ask DeSantis about the rights of parents of trans children, who are being prevented by the state from accessing the medical care they may believe is in their kids’ best interest. He points to the ongoing debate over transgender treatment in Europe, where some experts have recently been moving away from a purely affirmative approach, arguing that the state has an interest in preventing ‘sterilizing children at age 13 or 14′ or performing sex-change surgery on minors.”
DeSantis’ remarks do not appear to be representative of heath care options for minors in the U.S., based on a May report from The Annenberg Public Policy Center’s Factcheck.org.
DeSantis continued his remarks against appropriate medical support of transgender youth.
“As a parent right now, I can’t take my six-year-old daughter and get her a tattoo, even if I want to do that,” he told Ball. “You don’t have the right to do things that are going to be destructive to kids. I think that some of these parents are being told by physicians who are making a lot of money off this that you have to do this, otherwise your kid can end up doing something like commit suicide. I think that they get bullied into thinking this is the right decision.”
LGBTQ youth suffer far higher rates of suicide ideation and suicide attempts than their non-LGBTQ counterparts.
A May, 2022 NPR report titled, “Nearly half of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide, survey finds,” specifically mentions DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” legislation.
Ball also reports DeSantis shut down her question about the possibility of his children being LGBTQ and what he would do.
She writes, “when I ask how he’ll respond if one of his children turns out to be gay or trans, his eyes flash momentarily, and he swiftly shuts down the question. ‘Well, my children are my children,’ DeSantis says. ‘We’ll leave that—we’ll leave that between my wife and I.'”
‘Straight Up Communism’: Nikki Haley, Marjorie Taylor Greene Increasingly Share Similar Rhetoric to Attack Democrats
Fifth-place Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is ramping up her rhetoric ahead of next week’s first GOP presidential debate, sharpening her spear to target Democrats and President Joe Biden with charges of communism, just as top Trump supporter U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has been doing.
Haley, the former Trump UN Ambassador, attempted to paint herself as a reasonable Republican when she was the governor of South Carolina, but is now rated a “Hard Core Conservative” by OnTheIssues. Over the past few years she has positioned herself as tough on China, gradually but increasingly weaving remarks attacking “Communist China,” and the “Chinese Communist Party” into issues here at home.
“The Chinese Communist Party is building missiles and we’re arguing over gender pronouns. China is laughing at us,” Haley declared in June.
Despite her false suggestion that somehow the Chinese military is stronger than the American military, and despite her clear attack on transgender people, Haley earned an “Amen” from Caitlyn Jenner, but rancor from many others.
“I was just in Beijing,” wrote New York Times diplomatic correspondent Edward Wong. “I can tell you I didn’t have a single conversation with anyone about the use of pronouns in the US or about any American ‘culture war’ issues.”
On Wednesday, Haley moved from attacking Communist China and the CCP to accusing the President of the United States of signing into law a “communist manifesto.”
“The so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is a communist manifesto filled with tax hikes and green subsidies that benefit China and make America more dependent on Beijing. While Joe Biden cozies up to Xi Jinping, American families are footing the bill for all this spending,” Haley claimed.
Her rhetoric increasingly mirrors that of far-right Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“It’s an old Republican trope,” Rolling Stone reported earlier this month, “to claim everything Democrats do is communism. But Marjorie Taylor Greene took it to the extreme, as she is wont to do, claiming that with the indictments of Donald Trump, ‘Americans are actually seeing what communism really looks like.'”
“The more times they indict Trump, the more people realize that the Biden administration is a communist regime,” Greene had told Fox News.
And on Tuesday, while again defending Trump, Greene combined his four criminal indictments totaling 91 charges, calling the prosecutions “straight-up communism.”
Marjorie Taylor Greene claims that Jack Smith, Merrick Garland, Fani Willis, Alvin Bragg, and Democrats are guilty of a criminal conspiracy to keep Trump from winning the election pic.twitter.com/JFANZaAkEE
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 15, 2023
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Trump Next Week: ‘Major’ News Conference, GOP Debate, Arraignment on 13 Felony Charges Including RICO
If Donald Trump decides to appear on stage at next week’s first Republican 2024 presidential debate, he will be standing center-stage, in the middle of about a half-dozen other candidates, none of whom have been indicted on 91 felony charges in four different jurisdictions for alleged crimes including racketeering, conspiracy, and obstruction.
Trump has yet to declare if he will participate in next week’s GOP debate on Wednesday, which comes just two days after what he claims will be a “major” news conference during which he will present a “Large, Complex, Detailed but Irrefutable REPORT on the Presidential Election Fraud which took place in Georgia.”
“Based on the results of this CONCLUSIVE Report, all charges should be dropped against me & others,” Trump claimed on his Truth Social website Tuesday morning. “There will be a complete EXONERATION! They never went after those that Rigged the Election. They only went after those that fought to find the RIGGERS!”
Politico senior legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney notes, “Trump’s attempt to do a version of this in a Sept. 2021 letter to Brad Raffensperger is literally a charge in the indictment.”
Trump’s attempt to do a version of this in a Sept. 2021 letter to Brad Raffensperger is literally a charge in the indictment. pic.twitter.com/fmrvBvETx3
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) August 15, 2023
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ sweeping 41-count indictment of Donald Trump and 18 of his allies alleges the defendants “constituted a criminal organization whose members and associates engaged in various related criminal activities including, but not limited to, false statements and writings, impersonating a public officer, forgery, filing false documents, influencing witnesses, computer theft, computer trespass, computer invasion of privacy, conspiracy to defraud the state, acts involving theft, and perjury.”
Trump has yet to confirm his plans for the Wednesday GOP debate, although he has suggested he may not participate. If he agrees to, he will have to sign a document agreeing to support whoever GOP primary voters decide will be the party’s nominee. Currently that appears to be Trump, who is leading second-place Ron DeSantis by nearly 40 points, according to the current Real Clear Politics average.
But that could change, as Trump, by Friday of next week, will have to present himself in Fulton County to be arraigned on the 13 felony charges he faces for his alleged attempts to overturn the election in Georgia. This will be his fourth indictment (fifth, technically, counting the Florida superseding indictment,)
Separately, Trump has also been indicted by a grand jury in Washington. D.C., also for his alleged attempts to overturn the election. He has been indicted by a grand jury in Miami under the Espionage Act for alleged removal of classified and other documents from the White House, refusal to return them, and obstruction of justice, among other charges. Trump also faces an indictment in New York for alleged falsification of business records in the case surrounding his alleged hush money payoffs to a porn star.
Up until Monday, Trump was facing 78 felony charges. Now, in total, the Republican ex-president has been indicted on 91 felony counts in total: 4 felony counts in Washington, D.C., 34 felony counts in New York, 40 felony counts in Florida, and the latest set of 13 felony counts in Georgia.
This time, he is expected to be fingerprinted and there will be a mug shot, according to the Fulton County Sheriff.
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