Donald Trump is back to his old campaign shtick of railing against China, hitting his shopworn talking points about tariffs while still clearly lacking a fundamental understanding of how trade actually works between the United States and China. He employs incredibly reductive rhetoric aimed at inciting his base but which is ultimately completely untethered from the real, complex economic situation.
As much as he wants to pretend that his tariffs have money pouring in from China, the truth is that the extra cost is simply passed on to the American consumer. Just this morning, Trump tweeted out some more nonsense about China as he moves ahead with a new round of tariffs which will almost certainly succeed in little beyond hurting American workers.
The Republican Party is all too happy to let Trump steer this country into the rocks so long as they can keep looting the government and serving the plutocratic interests that support them so none of them are stepping up to denounce the president’s disastrous policies.
Today, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) made some downright shameful comments about the new Trump tariffs, acting as if the concerns of farmers who will be negatively affected are unreasonable.
“There will be some sacrifices on the part of Americans, I grant you that, but I also would say that sacrifice is pretty minimal compared to the sacrifices that our soldiers make overseas, that are fallen heroes that are laid to rest in Arlington make,” Cotton said to Gayle King on CBS’s This Morning.
"There will be some sacrifice on the part of Americans, I grant you that. But also that sacrifice is pretty minimal compared to the sacrifices that our soldiers make overseas that are fallen heroes or laid to rest," @SenTomCotton on trade war with China pic.twitter.com/lqlEZtaeBs
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 13, 2019
The dismissive comments were dripping in bad faith because no serious person is comparing the economic hardships being forced on farmers by Trump to the brave service of military members. The severity of one has no effect on the other, and it’s a transparent ploy on the part of Cotton to distract from the tariffs by invoking the loaded imagery of the troops.
It’s awfully easy for Cotton to tell farmers to suck it up and sacrifice because as a wealthy and powerful member of Congress the tariffs won’t affect him in any meaningful way, so insulated is he by his privilege.
Gayle King pushed back a bit, and Cotton just doubled down on his callous outlook.
“When I’m at home in Arkansas, I hear from farmers who are worried about opening up new markets and getting their products to market, but they also understand that China is a serious competitor to the United States and wants to displace us around the world,” claimed Cotton.
“And they look at the sacrifices that soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines make around the world and they’re willing to bear some of the sacrifices in the short term, to hopefully in the long term to ensure our long-term prosperity and security,” he went on.
Cotton is nothing more than an out-of-touch soldier of the completely rotten and corrupt Trump GOP. He cares little for those who are actually affected by his governance and his constituents would be wise to vote him out of office at the first opportunity.