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Warning of ‘war’ on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa

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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at Joni’s Roast and Ride during a fundraiser at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in Des Moines, Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa >> Donald Trump warned Saturday of a “war on the American farmer,” telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton “wants to shut down family farms” and implement anti-agriculture policies.

Trump’s speech at the annual “Roast and Ride” fundraiser for Republican Sen. Joni Ernst came just hours after Clinton received her first national security briefing as the Democratic presidential nominee.

Trump skipped the 42-mile motorcycle ride that preceded the event in a state where polls show a tight contest, a rare bright spot for Trump amid a sea of challenging battleground states. Joining him on stage were top Iowa Republicans — among them Ernst, Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Steve King — in a rare show of support for a candidate who has struggled to unite his party.

In a hat tip to Iowa’s agriculture industry, Trump renewed his commitment to continuing a requirement that all gasoline sold contain an ethanol-based additive, an issue important to corn growers. He also promised to cut taxes on family farms, which he called the “backbone” of the country.

“Hillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms just like she wants to shut down the mines and the steelworkers,” he said in front of a wall of straw bales at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “She will do this not only through radical regulation, but also by raising taxes on family farms – and all businesses – to rates as high as nearly 50 percent.”

Clinton’s campaign website touts a plan to increase funding to support farmers and ranchers in local food markets and regional food systems, saying she’ll create a “focused safety net to help family farms get through challenging times.” It also says she plans to target federal resources in commodity payment, crop insurance, and disaster assistance programs to support family operations.

Branstad, in an interview with The Associated Press prior to the speech, said he felt that Trump could score points against Clinton by focusing on agricultural issues. Branstad, whose son runs Trump’s campaign in the state, said he also hopes Trump would launch campaign ads there and that he sees the race as “about even.”

“I don’t like that but, hopefully, that’s going to change,” Branstad said.

Speaking to an overwhelmingly white crowd, he again pledged that as president he would help African-Americans living in cities with high crime and low employment. He offered no specifics for how he would achieve that goal. He also continued to criticize Clinton for branding young criminals as “super-predators” in comments more than 20 years ago.

“Remember that? ‘Super-predators,’” he said. “And they were very, very insulted. But now people have forgotten.” Clinton’s primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, had criticized her for the remark, and she has since apologized for it.

Amid his ongoing appeal to black voters, Trump drew an online backlash Saturday for a tweet he sent in response to the shooting death of NBA star Dwayne Wade’s cousin, who was gunned down near the Chicago school where she had planned to register her children.

“Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!” Trump tweeted. He later sent a second tweet offering his “condolences to Dwyane Wade and his family.”

Campaigning in Florida, Clinton running mate Tim Kaine said, “We ought to be extending our sympathy to the family,” and added, “That’s the only reaction that’s appropriate right now.”

Clinton met Saturday for more than two hours with intelligence officials at the FBI office in White Plains, New York, for her first overview of the major threats facing the nation around the globe since becoming the Democratic nominee. Trump received his briefing earlier this month, a customary move for major party nominees but one that has been the subject of a political tussle during the campaign.

Trump also previewed his immigration plans at the Iowa event, saying that he was developing an “exit-entry tracking system to ensure those who overstay their visas, that they’re quickly removed.” The proposal echoed the language of Trump’s former primary rival, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is now advising him.

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    • Hillary wants to shut down “family farms”? What is this man talking about, mento. If the race is that close in Iowa they’ll believe anything he says. But what does that say about their mentality.

      • Looking down our blue veined nose at those who populate fly over country, are we, hmmmmm?

        Thinking of them as a bunch of prognathus knuckle draggers, eh?

        No wonder tub thumpers for Trump support him with such gusto when he takes on the self proclaimed elites such as yourself.

        • It doesn’t matter, thankfully. It looks like Mrs. Clinton will win the electoral vote by a margin of about 150 or so. The RNC is now shifting its focus to save the House. Good luck with that.

          The best news is that Mr. Trump’s personality defects and spectacularly bad campaign will almost certainly now cause the Senate to revert to Democratic control. That makes Mrs. Clinton’s SCOTUS choices a whole lot easier!

          “I love the poorly educated!” Go Trump!

        • Better keep your prognostications sweet and gentle, Klas-less, so when you have to eat them they will go down easily.

          [ssssst! to mitigate future trauma come November, start practicing now: “President-Elect Trump”]

        • thos – No matter how many times you write Klas-less, it’s fresh and funny every time!

          It must be wonderful to be so easily amused.

        • Your delightful combo of arrogant conceit and ignorance is amusing indeed, Klas-less, and so pleased to note you are getting used to this appellation.

        • thos – Like I said … fresh and funny every time! You are just so clever!

          Have you ever read a book? Besides the bible, that is. Books contain information about history and politics and law and all kinds of things! You should try it!

  • So does Hillary want to shut down family farms, or does she want to create a safety net to help family farms through challenging times? I’m confused.

    • The U.S. could resettle nearly one million immigrants from the Muslim world under one term of a Hillary Clinton presidency, according to projections from Center for Immigration Studies’ Steve Camarota.
      Camarota explained that this large expansion in Muslim migration would be part of a massive increase in overall immigration, which the U.S. could experience under a President Hillary Clinton. Camarota noted that Clinton could potentially add as many as 10 million new immigrants to the U.S. during her first term alone, on top of the millions of illegal immigrants to whom she would grant immediate amnesty.

      Camarota’s analysis is based on recent data from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Census Bureau. According to the most recent DHS available data, nearly 150,000 immigrants from the Muslim world permanently resettled in the U.S. in 2014. He explained:

        • hawaiikone – Except it’s not. His electoral vote chances drop pretty much every day. He’s being demonized because he’s a demon.

        • Post hoc, ergo propter hoc, Klas-less?

          Do you also believe the crowing rooster causes the sun to rise?

          Suffice it to say your grasp of cause and effect seems tenuous at best, Old Stick.

        • thos – Facts are stubborn things. You can deny the obvious, like his other sad supporters. I couldn’t care less.

        • For me, there will come a time when I may have to choose between H or T. I will continue to push for Johnson, but, unless one of the two frontrunners falls away, it ain’t looking good. This latest fiasco, the obviously intentional withholding of Clinton’s calenders, only further emphasizes the unholy colusions that define our current state of government. When throwing in the probability of several SCOTUS appointments, which looms over other
          policy considerations, the choice, if left between the two currently in contention, becomes even more convoluted.

        • hawaiikone – If you still cannot decide between Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton, and think they are equivalently qualified to be President of the United States, you might consider sitting out this election cycle.

        • Klas, while you’re certainly free to offer advice, your routine assertion that Hillary is “qualified” precludes any possibility of taking same.

        • hawaiikone – I’m sorry that I haven’t been more clear. Please develop the self discipline to not read my comments. I don’t care what your opinion of them is. Really.

      • So Sarge, the plan is to put all 11 million people on Ellis Island and interrogate them to see if they deserve to reenter the US. In the meantime homes that they own or rent will be placed on hold. Until then the government will pay for till they get released or sent back? And get paid from their jobs till they get back. What a deal. That’s Trump’s plan, brilliant. Why didn’t any educated person think of that? Only Trump could come up with an idea like that.

      • Yeah, so what you’re saying is that a million Muslims will be harvesting corn in Iowa so we can save America’s small farms. Sounds like a win-win to me!

      • The Center for Immigration Studies is not a think tank or a center for studies; it is a hate group, a white nationalist organization that regularly reprints articles drawn from neo-nazi, nativist, xenophobic and Holocaust-denying sources. CIS repeatedly reprints articles from sources like VDARE, a white nationalist website. CIS publications are filled with bogus “facts,” biased “analysis,” and racist fear mongering.

        • The ignorance here is really shocking. Obviously, Mr. Trump is selling himself to white supremacists.

          That’s his base.

        • Bad mouthing your own country men, amela, is probably not the most persuasive tactic if you want them to agree with your point of view.

        • thos – You do that here every single day. Over and over again, when writing about Clinton supporters.

          Why is amela held to a different standard than you are? Because you’re a Trump supporter!

        • Why is amela held to a different standard?

          Klas-less, one gathers that reading is not your strong suit, eh? Because you err if you think I am trying to persuade ANYONE, ergo no need for the persuasive approach I suggested to amela.

          As for Trump, one increasingly has cause to wonder if he is to be for us a modern day Cyrus the great, King of Persia, an unlikely candidate chosen to lead the errant back to God.

          Those who might reflexively imagine conflict to be an inappropriate tool for the Almighty, should recall this passage from Luke, to wit:

          Jesus said to his disciples,

          “I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!

          “But I have a baptism to undergo, and what constraint I am under until it is completed! Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.

          “From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.

          “They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

          Prophecy for the present time?

          Chicken skin.

  • And his tone deaf tweets about Dwayne Wade’s family tragedy again exposed his remarkable mental illness. Trump is a psychotic.

    His poll numbers today for black voters hover around 1%. So much for his outreach. He might think again about giving that lame speech to crowds that are 99% white.

    The New York Times has a great piece showing court records from actions taken against Trump for housing discrimination against blacks. That grim history can make a mess of a stump speech. Unless it’s given to a crowd of all white racists and imbeciles.

    • Klas-less, your reflexive tendency to lump all black voters in the same category reveals the patronizing bigotry that has quite obviously found such a comfortable resting place in you.

      Not to put too fine a point on what should be obvious even to you, but our fellow Americans of African Ancestry were created~~and ARE~~individuals, more than capable of thinking for themselves.

      It is not beyond the realm of the possible that in this remarkable, even unprecedented, election season quite a number of AAAs may decide they have been flim flammed long enough by the empty promises of the Democrat Party whose ACTUAL policies bring them nothing but heart ache and everlasting poverty (i.e., dependent on government services and thus the PARTY of government services.) Should enough of these individual AAAs decide to put their hands on the levers of power to subject the Democrat Party to a new source of political pressure, Don Trump’s outreach, albeit clumsy and tentative, offers an attractive opportunity to do just that.

      • That will not become true, no matter how many times you write it.

        One things that community is almost 100% together about is that they aren’t voting for Trump. 99% of them have banded together. 99%.

        He’s selling his message to all white crowds to make them feel better about voting for a racist. All white. How’s that working for him?

  • ““Hillary Clinton wants to shut down family farms just like she wants to shut down the mines and the steelworkers,” he said in front of a wall of straw bales at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. “She will do this not only through radical regulation, but also by raising taxes on family farms – and all businesses – to rates as high as nearly 50 percent.””

    There he goes again.

    Poor thing.

  • It’s disturbing wow much Donald plays on the fears of older farmers.

    Clinton should emphasize that support for farms have never been stronger. She needs to carry her campaign to rural communities in this state.

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