Analysis: Trump’s Farmer Bailout Gave $21B To Red Counties, $2.1B To Blue Ones
President Donald Trump’s program to bailout to American farmers disbursed more than $23 billion in 2018 and 2019, according to The Washington Post, but the benefit was not felt evenly across red and blue counties.
- Based on preliminary data, The Post had reported in 2019 that 9 out of every 10 counties that voted for Trump in 2016 received support from the Agriculture Department’s Market Facilitation Program.
- However, new data obtained by the Environmental Working Group through a Freedom of Information Act request “indicates that 91 percent of the money disbursed through the program went to places that supported Trump four years ago.”
- “Only 9 percent went to places that had voted for Hillary Clinton,” The Post reported.
Counties that voted for Clinton received $16.68 per person. Counties that voted for Trump received $157.83 per person, while the average per-person amount in counties that flipped from blue to red in 2016 was just over $163.
That this disparity falls so heavily along political lines is a function of the likelihood of rural voters to support Trump, certainly. But that doesn’t detract from the point that this was nonetheless a massive redistribution of money to places that supported Trump.