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Kentucky farmers are afraid to criticize Trump because they fear Republican retaliation: Retired farmer

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In media outlets, there has been much discussion of the effects that President Donald Trump’s tariffs are having on farmers in the United States. But retired Kentucky farmer Jim Pat Wilson, in an op-ed for Kentucky’s Courier Journal, asserts that there is one group of people in the U.S. who are often afraid to speak out against Trump’s trade policies: farmers.

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Since his retirement from farming, Wilson has been growing hay for horse owners and leasing land to beef producers — and he stresses that many farmers fear retaliation from the Republican Party if they criticize Trump’s trade policies.

“Caught in the Republican Party’s political crosshairs,” Wilson writes, “farmers are stuck in an environment that has cultivated fear for anyone who dares to speak against the mighty GOP…. I have a lot less to lose than some of my farming friends, and I want to speak up for those who fear they will be retaliated against.”

Farmers, Wilson explains “don’t want handouts, they want solutions.” Trump’s policies, he stresses, are bad for farmers — and the “$16 billion bailout” for farmers that Trump has promised “comes from the chaos of his own making.”

“Just like Mexico isn’t paying for a wall,” Wilson warns, “China won’t pay for Trump’s tariffs. The funds will ultimately come from the taxpayers because it is federal money that is used for the bailouts. Adding insult to injury, the Republican 2020 budget calls for a 15% funding drop for the Department of Agriculture.”

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The Trump Administration, Wilson explains, “has made it impossible for farmers to criticize without retaliation from Republican landowners.”

Wilson concludes his op-ed by emphasizing that farmers who are afraid to criticize Trump’s policies publicly can speak out in the voting booth.

“Republicans have divided neighbors, and our farmers who dare to go against the grain are siloed for speaking up,” Wilson writes. “That’s why so many remain silent. Come Election Day, I hope our farmers find the confines of the ballot box a place for their own retaliation.”

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Trump wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser

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Adding to President Donald Trump's Russia obsession was an awkward misfire in a simple happy birthday message.

Sunday morning, before Trump set out on another day of golf, he tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. Navy, which was officially established in 1775. Instead of showing photos of historic Navy ships or courageous sailors or decorated admiral, Trump posted a battleship, that isn't even an American ship.

According to Politico defense editor Dave Brown, the photo used in the graphic was Russian battlecruiser, the Pyotr Velikiy.

Democrats have alleged that Trump has an unnaturally close relationship to Russia, giving President Vladimir Putin whatever foreign policy demands he has.

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Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap

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During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.

"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."

That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.

"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."

https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/1183446682492637184

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John Dean laments Trump probably should be registered as a foreign agent

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While many of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers, advisers or friends have been outed for doing foreign work while being an unregistered foreign agent, one former White House counsel thinks Trump should also probably register.

"In addition to other impeachable offenses, Trump should be charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under FARA," said Twitter user Connie Gruen.

Dean noticed the tweet and retweeted with his own note that it's "sadly" probably true.

"Sadly, this is probably true," agreed Dean. "Mueller did not investigate if Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent. Barr does not believe a POTUS can be investigated for anything, so the FBI is not. Because he acts like a RU agent Congress should be investigating his consistently pro-RU behavior!"

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