Christopher Gibbs, a former official for the United States Department of Agriculture, has written an op-ed in which he compares American farmers to adult actress Stormy Daniels.
In his letter, Gibbs, who is also an Ohio farmer, says his fellow farm owners are getting “screwed” by Trump and his tariffs, and then paid off with “hush money” in the form of a $12 billion taxpayer subsidized handout.
The op-ed says this is “verification that the president’s protectionist’s trade policies are folly,” Gibbs wrote in Ohio’s Sydney Daily News.
Gibbs then makes the Stormy Daniel’s comparison:
“Let me tell you a riddle: I slept with a billionaire because he said he loved me. I expected to make love, but in the morning I realized I was getting screwed,” Gibbs wrote. “I was offered cash to keep my mouth shut. Who am I? No, I’m not … someone named Stormy. I’m the American farmer.”
Gibbs also notes that farmers have spent decades creating strong relationships with world markets, allowing them to sell their produce on the global stage.
“Using a club to bludgeon our trading partners and allies is not negotiating. It’s nothing more than a playground bully stomping around to see who will flinch,” Gibbs wrote.
Farmers who trade in soybean, sorghum, corn, wheat, cotton, dairy, and hogs are set to receive government subsidized cash because of the President’s trade war. A government purchase program is also in place for fruits, nuts, rice, legumes, beef, pork and milk for distribution to food banks.
Trump is funding the program through the Commodity Credit Corporation program which was put in place during the Great Depression. The fund is capped at $30 billion.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.