(Trade) Wars, What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

(Trade) Wars, What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Well, it’s Monday so you know what that means.

Moron Hitler has once again done something painstakingly stupid.

Thanks to Cheeto Mussolini, our stock market is currently down 540 points as obviously China called the nitwit’s bluff in an ongoing trade dispute and vowed to raise tariffs on nearly $60 billion worth of American goods. Despite the bloviating bluster of a man who claims to be a fantastic businessman, the truth is that Donald Trump is equally as bad at running casinos as he is with foreign trade. To this day, the man still does not understand how tariffs work and his syndicate of sycophants around him are too busy trying to out-Pence the next person in terms of flattery that none of them are actually standing up and saying, “Hey, boss. This whole trade war thing might not be such a good idea.”

But that’s this administration’s MO. There are no adults in the room. Nobody there to pull Donnie Smallhands aside and tell him that his manufactured trade war actually hurts American businesses much more than it does the Chinese. Nobody to cite the simple fact that 8 out of the 10 states hit hardest by tariffs went red in 2016. Nobody to tell him that soybean production is at a seven-month low and that soybeans are rotting in silos throughout the entire region. Nobody to pull him aside and inform him that if he didn't engage in his asinine trade war, he wouldn’t have to pledge to bail out the farmers to the tune of an additional $15 billion in subsides. Nobody to explain to him that his hardline stance on China, just like his hardline stance on the wall, should have been better left an unfulfilled campaign promise rather than living, breathing political policy.

Will his futile trade war be enough to knock some sense into America’s farmers? Probably not. After all, a state like Louisiana ain’t goin’ blue anytime soon. But it’s just another example of Trump voters voting against their best interests and of the president’s bold bravado of trade wars being “easy to win” simply being another narcissistic lie. At the end of the day, the voters in these states were duped into believing that a New York businessman actually cared about their home-grown farms. Many of them still believe he knows what he’s doing, despite their soybean harvest rotting away. At the end of the day, these farmers will continue to believe that Donald Trump both knows what he is doing and is working with their best interests at heart. They will gladly vote for him once again in 2020 and there is nothing Trump can do to dissuade them of their support.

These farmers got the exact president they deserved.



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