Farmer Who Voted For Trump Has Buyer’s Remorse, Goes Off On POTUS: “I’m Off The Trump Train”

A real voice from middle America telling it like it is.


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Christopher Gibbs, an Ohio farmer who sat for an interview with CNN on Wednesday, was once a proud Trump supporter — just the kind of middle-America white guy you might expect to see at one of the President’s innumerable rallies in the midwest state.

Now, however, Gibbs is mad as hell, and it has everything to do with how Trump’s rhetoric has never made up for the fact that he has no idea what he’s doing in the presidency.

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It’s already been amply demonstrated that the President has no concept of how tariffs work, and that his arbitrary, unitary application of them using executive orders has hurt Americans FAR more than it’s ever hurt the economies of China or anyone else he has levied the “punishment” at in retaliation for “unfair” treatment by foreign countries.

But Gibbs explains in a way that only someone who has been personally affected by these ass-backward policies can: By telling viewers the conditions in the actual industry that’s getting hit the hardest.

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The cattle, corn, and soybean farmer described the effect of Trump’s tariffs on American farming as a “free-fall,” and what’s more, he punctuated his sentiment by noting that yes, he did take the money from last year’s farm bailout by Trump and the GOP — he had to, in order to stay afloat, and most of it went to equipment repairs anyway — but that the fact that farmers need bailouts in the first place means that Trump’s policies are a failure.

It was an indication that the President’s policy wasn’t working, or certainly wasn’t working fast enough. And now the President comes back and wants to put an additional amount of money in our pocket, and we have to understand where that money’s coming from. Up until yesterday, the President has been very clear that all of these tariff dollars that he wants to transfer to farmers have been coming from China and from Mexico and Canada and so forth, but primarily from China. That’s just not true. Those monies, those tariff dollars come directly from American importers, from American companies that hire American workers that pay American taxes.”

Gibbs said that those costs are then passed on to the American consumer and that Americans need to understand that THIS country is bearing the cost of the tariffs — so while farmers may appreciate the money from the government, Gibbs said, what they’d really rather have is the market stability they used to have.

But then Gibbs told his host that the final straw for him, the thing Trump finally did that drove him “off the Trump Train,” was his behavior in Helsinki — his secretive meetings with Vladimir Putin turned off a LOT of tried and true supporters there, in fact. And then Gibbs mentioned the clip that CNN had just played, in which the President referred to “patriot farmers,” just as he did in a pair of tweets on Tuesday:

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Gibbs was having none of it:

To me, that’s just a design to make me continue to be quiet, and I’m not gonna be quiet. Being a patriot is this: I gotta protect my family.”

Watch the interview here, directly from CNN Newsroom‘s Twitter:

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Calum Stuart