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One Of Iowa’s Biggest Newspapers Didn’t Want Trump Holding A Campaign Rally Today

Today, Trump went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to campaign like he did last year. This has to be because he can’t tolerate actually working in the White House, where the news won’t paint him as the godlike leader he obviously is. He does these rallies because they stroke his ego, so they boost his spirits. Trump won Iowa with 51.1 percent of the vote last November, and one would think he’d be welcome there.

But, at least for the editorial board of The Gazette, he’s not. , open letter to him on their front page. Simply put, they believe he should be working. If he’s going to be out and about the country, he should not be holding campaign-style rallies. Here’s why:

[T]he campaign is over. You won. Now is not the time to rally. Now is the time to sell your policies, listen to Americans with a stake in those efforts and govern.

Iowans have questions and concerns about your plans. They can’t be heard over the cheers of a rally.”

They go on to explain that Iowa farmers are worried about how Trump and his stance on our trade agreements will affect them, along with his budget proposals which include deep cuts to things like crop insurance.

Cedar Rapids itself has been waiting on help for flood protection in their city, and they want to know whether the federal government will deliver on that, especially with climate change bringing increasing rain to the area. “Just a short chat with local leaders clearly would show the project’s importance,” they say.

The Gazette went after Trump’s singular focus on coal, because it doesn’t really affect them anymore. They’re getting a lot of their electricity from wind farms and other alternative energy sources. They “benefit from economic opportunities sparked by producing energy from the wind, the sun and the crops we grow.”

On healthcare, more than 70,000 Iowans stand to lose their insurance with instability in the ACA’s markets. All we know about the GOP plan is that it will strip millions of their coverage. The Gazette calls him out on what they’re starting to see as a broken promise there:

You promised a ‘terrific’ Obamacare replacement, but we haven’t seen anything resembling a terrific plan. There are fears of deep cuts to Medicaid funding for states such as Iowa, jeopardizing care for thousands more. Your appointee to run the Medicare and Medicaid system is the same consultant who advised Iowa to swiftly privatize its Medicaid program, spawning confusion and consternation for patients and providers.”

The problems faced in Iowa are very different from the problems in coal country, which are very different from the problems in factory towns, which are very different from the problems in the cities. Trump must be aware of, and focus on, coming up with comprehensive solutions that will help as many Americans as possible. His budget proposals, his program cuts, and his general attitude, is not going to do that.

With a 51.1 percent win last year, you’d think he’d pay a little more attention to them (’cause lord knows he doesn’t care about the states that didn’t vote for him), and they feel he’s totally ignoring them. A campaign rally won’t erase that feeling of being forgotten. The Gazette wants a president. They got a narcissistic clown weasel who’s more obsessed with his own glory than he is about “making America great again.”


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