In 2016, Iowa farmer Larry Angler cast his ballot for now-President Donald Trump. But now, according to Newsweek, Angler has promised to never vote for Trump again in the wake of Trump’s disastrous trade tensions with China.
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, Angler was asked if he supported Trump.
“I did! I’ll never vote for him again!” He responded confidently.
The Iowan told CNN that the trade dispute between the U.S. and China will cause his family to lose roughly $100,000 to $150,000. And Angler was not the only farmer that outraged.
“He’d better hurry up and start producing a little bit,” said farmer Greg Beaman. “Because this negotiation I’m seeing so far has not panned out.”
Robert Ewoldt, also a farmer, said that he needed to take on a second job as a truck driver to keep his farm afloat. “This is survival at this point. I mean, for a lot of operations it is a survival thing,” he said. Ewoldt told CNN that he voted for Trump three years ago, but regrets his decision.
In response to trade tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports and more tariffs on the remaining roughly $300 billion of imports coming, China, a major consumer of American agricultural products, announced plans to levy tariffs on agricultural imports.
Trump promised farmers that he would subsidize their products with money raised from the tariffs, which are largely being paid for by American consumers in the form of price hikes.
“Out of the billions of dollars that we’re taking in [from tariffs], a small portion of that will be going to our farmers,” Trump said this week. “We’re going to take the highest year—the biggest purchase that China has ever made with our farmers, which is about $15 billion—and do something reciprocal to our farmers.”