‘Chairman Mao': Trump accused of 'socialism' after announcing $15 billion payoff plan to ‘our great patriot farmers’ as tariff war explodes
President Donald Trump continued his new habit of daily massive tweetstorms on Tuesday, starting at 6:15 AM and again focusing on his failed China tariffs "policy." Trump has levied huge tariffs on goods coming into the U.S. from China – tariffs paid by Americans – and China in response announced it will impose tariffs on U.S. goods going in to China, escalating Trump's tariff war.
As USA Today's G. William Hoagland, who grew up on a farm, writes, "agriculture and farm families in the bread basket states have borne the brunt of the trade war."
That war has spanned two years now, and it's crushing many farms.
President Trump, who does not understand even the basics of how tariffs work, repeatedly announces how excited he is that tariffs are flooding the Treasury's coffers. He insists China is paying the tariffs on China's goods, which is not only false, but at this point, ludicrous to keep repeating.
Trump has now decided on a bailout to pay off the farmers, with the taxes raised by his tariffs – taxes paid by Americans, in addition to the farm subsidies already in place for decades.
$15 billion, Trump says, will go to bail out America's "great Patriot Farmers."
....This money will come from the massive Tariffs being paid to the United States for allowing China, and others, t… https://t.co/JXdv6JwMIo— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1557833375
"Patriot farmers" is now trending on Twitter.
Last week, in "Trump Is Terrible for Rural America," Paul Krugman wrote in The New York Times, "Trump Is Terrible for Rural America.
Many on social media are mocking the President this morning, accusing him of "socialism!" – the very claim he's decided to wage against Democrats running to beat him in 2020 – along with spreading "Soviet propaganda," and sounding like Chairman Mao.
Socialism!!!! https://t.co/4Qdhu9azLM— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1557833667
It will never not be hilarious this guy is going to actively campaign as the candidate against "socialism" https://t.co/Ets8ekuVon— Dustin Braden (@Dustin Braden) 1557835863
@realDonaldTrump PATRIOT FARMERS! TAKE INSPIRATION FROM THE STAKHANOVITE EXAMPLE OF YOUr COMRADES! STRIVE MIGHTI… https://t.co/lM1u3CiYaj— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson) 1557835321
These crazy tweets read like Soviet Propaganda. #Trump #Propaganda https://t.co/6jTsjsoJXm— Michael Leroy Oberg (@Michael Leroy Oberg) 1557834975
@realDonaldTrump "Our great Patriot Farmers"? FFS, this isn't the Soviet Union...yet.— Ruth Ann vaxed & masked (@Ruth Ann vaxed & masked) 1557833688
@realDonaldTrump None of this is true. Also it makes no sense. Also the farmers - unlike grifters and liars and… https://t.co/HP1Dr0z7Rm— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) 1557833580
@realDonaldTrump Guy who fear mongers about socialism introduces socialism to fix problem he unilaterally created.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1557834778
@realDonaldTrump #Brokahontas your tweets sound more and more like Russian propaganda from the 1950s. “Our great Pa… https://t.co/a4RHD1TOeI— Michael Kates (@Michael Kates) 1557834213
Great Patriot Farmers, Unite! Become State farms. Work harder, reduce quality, raise prices and make America less h… https://t.co/lIVBV8JTG7— Boozy NoBody (@Boozy NoBody) 1557836229
The only difference between this and Soviet propaganda is the Soviets had better English translators. https://t.co/XY9RHPajJZ— Steven V. Miller (@Steven V. Miller) 1557836203
This dude would have been an awesome Mao impersonator https://t.co/f1ufEJEqGg— 𝕛𝕚𝕞𝕞𝕪𝕠 🧂™️ (@𝕛𝕚𝕞𝕞𝕪𝕠 🧂™️) 1557833963