The Actual President of the United States of America

Both President Trump and Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden were in Iowa on Tuesday as part of their respective 2020 election campaigns. The two men shot a lot of arrows back and forth, a verbal battle that captured most of the headlines related to the word “Iowa.” But those headlines obscured a couple of really strange comments from Trump on other issues, which thankfully were not missed by Aaron Rupar of Vox.com.

Here we have President Trump commiserating with Iowa farmers about the sad fact that their tractors don’t connect to the Internet:

“We secured nearly $1.2 billion dollars to expand rural broadband, which you need very badly. They have not treated the Midwest well with broadband, with anything having to do with the word ‘computer.’ I look at some of those tractors and they don’t even hook up. [Pols emphasis] They’re all set, but you don’t have the capability here in terms of your infrastructure.”

Where do I plug in?

Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is the son of a tractor salesman who regularly appears on national political interviews with tractors in the background.

Maybe the Gardner family can sell Iowa some of them Internet Tractors.

Later in his remarks on Tuesday, Trump claimed that California is no longer going to burn down because it listened to him on the importance of cleaning up those dirty forests:

“They were saying it was global warming — could have had something to do with it — but you need forest management. You can’t let 15 and 20 years of leaves and broken trees and dead wood, that after the first 18 months is dry as a bone. You can’t let that be there. You have to clean it. You have to clean those floors of the forest, and you’re going to see a big difference. [Pols emphasis]

And actually, they mocked me. They said, ‘Oh, what’s he doing? He’s talking about sweeping the floors…well, I don’t use the word “sweeping,” but you have to have forest management. And all of a sudden about four weeks after that happened they learned I was right, and now they are managing the forest as least as much as they could — they have a long way to go, because there’s a lot of it. But when you look, year after year, you see California mostly burning down. It’s management. And I think they’re going to do a much better job.” [Pols emphasis]

Here’s the link to that video clip if you are so inclined. In fairness to Trump, it is true that he didn’t previously use the word “sweeping”…he called it forest “raking.

Anyhoo, there are 510 days until the November 2020 election.

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  1. Why am I subjected to this level of idiocy every day since Jan 20, 2017?

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Russians, Jill Stein voters, FOX news, feckless Republicans, Citizens United, campaign finance, Facebook, voter suppression, Hillary Clinton’s shitty campaign, Koch brothers, an apathetic electorate, electoral college favoring small red states, a rudderless and out of touch Democratic party, Bernie Sanders, short sightedness, greed, arrogance, stupidity . . . 

      . . . and a god who probably doesn’t care all that much for you???

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      He don't need no stinkin' tractor salesman from Yuma…he knows all about workin' hard down on the farm and how that tractor internet thingy works (for the record those tractor-internet-thingy's get their signals from satellites – the ones being protected by Space Farce).  

  2. Genghis says:

    I look at some of those tractors and they don’t even hook up.

    Getting those tractors hooked up to the Internet is but one of the reasons we need Space Force. Each Dump administration policy is a strand in a vast, rich tapestry.

  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    They have not treated the Midwest well with broadband,

    Inquiring minds want to know … who are "they"? 

    Private business competitive Internet Service Providers like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon, Charter, CenturyLink, Cricket and MediaCom?

    State governments in the Midwest? (you know, the ones with Republican majorities in their legislature and elected Republican Governors.)

    Federal institutions like the FCC? Congress? 

     

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      It was the 'theys' in the 30's that brought us the rural electrics.  Private companies were not going to service rural areas.  Damn those Democratic Socialists! 

      What's old is once again new. 

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        I keep having a fantasy about the Federal Government deciding that fiber backbone for internet ought to be delivered to each and every post office, and post offices ought to be able to provide an option for local companies and governments to jump in and share the bandwidth (for a small charge).

        • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

          Yes.  That…and postal banking.  I don't know if Perlmutter's House Financial Services Committee has any influence over that idea – or whether it's purely in the hands of the board of governors, but if he does I hope someone from his office is reading this. 

  4. jaytee says:

    (… But, um, the internet of things has come to agriculture. Smart technologies down on the farm collect all kinds of data intended to drive automation, up production, save on costs, etc. I'm sure there are downsides, too. But it's real.) 

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