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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.

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

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.

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“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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