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North Dakota farmers lash out at GOP over Trump’s crippling trade war with China: ‘The most scared I’ve ever been’

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Farmers are reporting economic anxiety over President Donald Trump’s escalating trade wars as the midterm elections approach, The Bismarck Tribune reports.

China imposed a 25 percent soybean tariff as a retaliatory measure against Trump’s trade policies.

“Right now, I am the most scared I’ve ever been as to where the future of farming is going,” explained Randy Richards, the Steele County president for the North Dakota Farmers Union.

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In 2016, Trump received more than twice as many votes as Hillary Clinton, besting her 63 percent to 27 percent.

While considered a reliably Republican state, chaos in the agrictulural industry may give a boost to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in North Dakota’s 2018 U.S. Senate race.

Sen. Heitkamp is being challenged in the November election by Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND).

“Cramer boasts about (how) he votes with the president all the time. I don’t think that’s good for North Dakota,” said Richards, who said he didn’t vote for Trump in 2016.

North Dakota exports over $1.4 billion in soybeans to China — which slapped a 25 percent tariff on soybeans.

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Cramer, the Republican congressman challenging Heitkamp, has called for a “safety net plan” for farmers harmed by the GOP president’s policies.

In Minnesota, a former Trump supporter slammed the trade war.

“This isn’t just numbers on a sheet or percentage of trade or dollar value,” Michael Petefish, a Trump-backing farmer, told CNN. “This is multi-generational American families, your base, that you are now squarely putting into financial peril.”

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Georgia GOP secretary of state: Trump ‘threw my family under the bus’ even though we voted for him

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Brad Raffensperger, the Republican secretary of state in Georgia, has written an angry editorial for USA Today in which he details the harassment he and his family have been subjected to because he followed the law and certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

Raffensperger starts out his editorial by praising the Peach State for holding a free and fair election under difficult circumstances stemming from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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‘The election wasn’t stolen — he blew it’: Michigan Republican says Trump ‘did everything possible to lose’

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President Donald Trump insists the election was stolen from him in Michigan, but Republicans there haven't been willing to indulge his fantasy.

The president has zeroed in on the state, which he narrowly won in 2016, in his effort to overturn his election loss to Joe Biden by claiming widespread fraud and pressuring legislators to overrule the will of the voters, but few Republicans are buying in, reported Politico.

“We must not attempt to exercise power we simply don’t have,” said Aaron Van Langevelde, who sits on Michigan’s board of state canvassers, which was statutorily obligated to certify the election win by Joe Biden. “As John Adams once said, 'We are a government of laws, not men.' This board needs to adhere to that principle here today. This board must do its part to uphold the rule of law and comply with our legal duty to certify this election.”

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2020 Election

Trump’s efforts to overturn the election are clumsy and petulant – but it’s still treason: historian

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We are now witnesses to the most dangerous act of selfishness from the King of the Self. Trump knows the evidence for any form of election fraud is silly fantasy. His electoral deficits are beyond challenge--74 Electoral College votes and more than 5 million popular votes. Yet he repeats his denunciations of American elections, the bedrock of any democracy, that began when he was only a candidate. In October 2016, he called the election “one big, ugly lie”.

His disastrous character flaws are obvious to everyone. We, and here I mean all those who care about the real world around us, must now go beyond psychological analysis to political clarity. Trump is a traitor.

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