Michigan Farmers, Who Supported Trump, Whine About Trump Tariffs
Trump-supporting farmers in Michigan are now whining about the trade war that was started by President Donald Trump’s tariffs.
In response to Trump’s tariffs, China imposed 25 percent tariffs on July 6 and canceled more than 420,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans purchases.
Mexico imposed $3 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports, while Canada placed $12.6 billion in tariffs on U.S. products.
David Williams, the 67-year-old president of the Michigan Soybean Association, cried the blues to The Detroit News:
Nobody wins in a trade war. We’re not going to win. China’s not going to win. In the meantime, soybean farmers are just hurting.
Williams made no mention of other Americans in other parts of the country who are also suffering under Trump’s policies.
The Detroit News notes that the price of soybeans has dropped 17 percent in the past month.
Williams recalled how faithful farmers have been to the president (who bragged about sexual assaulting women and made numerous racist remarks):
I feel like agriculture has supported the current administration. I don’t feel that support coming back to us.
Williams complained that Trump’s tariffs are harming the wrong people, namely farmers like himself:
The farmers didn’t do it. We’re the bright spot in the economy.
We can’t buy new machinery if we don’t absolutely need to have it. So the manufacturing sector isn’t able to sell what they’ve produced. It’s kind of a vicious circle.
Williams made no mention of non-farmers losing their health insurance or the immigrant families who have been separated from their children and imprisoned.
Williams said flew to Washington, D.C. this week to speak with as many congressman as he could:
So far, our pleas have fallen on deaf ears.