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Angry Minnesota farmer bashes ‘insulting’ Trump comments that ‘we’re great patriots’ during his trade war

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President Donald Trump has insulted at least one Minnesota farmer with his claim that farmers are “great patriots” who want him to continue his trade fight against China.

“This wound is self-inflicted, by our president,” said Gary Wertish, who is the president of Minnesota Farmers Union. “We definitely agreed with it in the beginning. But it doesn’t appear that there’s a plan B. Some of the callous comments come, especially from the president, you know, that farmers are ‘winning,’ we’re ‘great patriots,’ that’s very insulting. That’s coming from someone who never has faced the challenges of a family farmer. I go into the bank and tell the lender I can’t make the payment because we lost our market? The banker is not going to tell me you don’t have to make your payment because you’re a patriot.”

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He’s not alone, fellow farmer Cindy VanDerPol admitted that she sometimes can’t sleep at night because she’s worried.

“You know, what do you tell your children who want to farm?” she asked.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that farmers are facing “pretty minimal sacrifices” in the trade war.

AGF Investment chief policy strategist Greg Valliere said that the economy is still growing, but it’s hardly something to write home about. The uncertainty is what is killing markets.

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“That farmer we just heard from, or people who run businesses who need components of China face a lot of uncertainty — it looks like it’s not going to go away any time soon,” he said.

Former IMF chief economist Ken Rogoff agreed, saying that Trump’s trade war is impacting more than just farmers.

“Businesses aren’t investing here at home either,” he explained. “It’s toxic for the global economy. There may be some long-run gain with dealing with China, but it could come home to roost in the United States.”

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CNN host Ana Cabrera cited a Washington Post report that quoted a Republican source close to the administration. Not surprisingly, Trump thinks that he’s the true victim.

“He’s rattled… he thinks that all the people that do this economic forecasting are a bunch of establishment weenies – elites who don’t know anything about the real economy and they’re against Trump,” the source said.

Valliere explained that Trump doesn’t have a lot left that he can do, in large part because the election is in 2020 and the GOP is going to be too busy trying to bail themselves out to fix  Trump’s trade war.

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‘There are some women who’d beg to differ’: Watch CNN anchor’s epic response to sexism in politics

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On Saturday, CNN anchor S.E. Cupp gave a passionate lecture about the sexism female politicians face during political campaigns.

The host read a quote from a "top" advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I don't know of anybody who has taken as sustained and vitriolic a negative pounding as Biden ...really the most vicious press I think anyone's experienced,” the Biden advisor told Politico.

"Come again? What's that now?" Cupp asked in disbelief.

"I think there are some women who beg to differ," she noted.

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‘What was he talking about?’ CNN’s Angela Rye baffled by Joe Biden’s ‘victim-blaming’ rant about black families

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The former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus was baffled by an exchange during the third Democratic debate.

"I’ve seen a lot of criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden over this exchange," CNN's Jake Tapper said, playing a clip.

"What responsibility do you think that Americans need to take to repair the legacy of slavery in our country?" moderator Linsey Davis asked Biden on Thursday.

"We bring social workers into homes and parents to help them deal with how to raise their children. It is not they don’t want to help. They don’t know quite what to do. Play the radio. Make sure the television — excuse me make sure that you have the record player on at night, the phone —" Biden said.

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Pennsylvania Trump voter shreds president for breaking promises to Rust Belt: ‘He pulled a Houdini on us’

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A Pennsylvania man who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 told CNN on Friday that he's bitterly disappointed in how he's seen no progress in manufacturing jobs returning to his community.

John Golomb, a retired steel worker who backed the president in 2016 because of his promises to bring back good paying jobs to the Rust Belt, explained to CNN that Trump gave his community false hope about an economic revival during his first presidential campaign.

"We had Donald Trump come here and profess about reviving American steel," he said. "That's just what all of us steelworkers wanted to hear!"

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