Donald Trump took to Twitter over the weekend to brag about U.S. farms getting billions of dollars in subsidies. But on Tuesday, Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said Trump’s claims are “absolutely ludicrous.”
Von Ruden told Newsweek that the “majority of farmers want to get our income coming in from the marketplace, from the consumers. We don’t want government handouts.”
Responding to a CBS 60 Minutes report from this Sunday that highlighted how trade disputes are affecting U.S. farmers, Trump complained in a tweet that the show failed to mention the $28 billion bailout he’s given to farmers over the last two years.
.@60Minutes “forgot” to report that we are helping the great farmers of the USA to the tune of 28 Billion Dollars, for the last two years, paid for out of Tariffs paid to the United States by China for targeting the farmer. They devalued their currency, therefore paying the cost!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
Von Ruden argued that all Trump is doing is “bragging about socialism.”
“That’s what 28 billion dollars really is—it is taxpayers dollars that are coming back to the farmer,” Von Ruden said. “For [Trump] to say that he’s helping farmers is really B.S. too, because the amount of money we get back is between 20 and 23 percent of what we are losing.”