Christopher Gibbs, an Ohio farmer who worked with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for 30 years, wrote an op-ed comparing the treatment of American farmers by President Trump to the treatment of adult-film star Stormy Daniels, saying that both got “screwed” and then paid off.
“Let me tell you a riddle,” Gibbs wrote. “ ‘I slept with a billionaire because he said he loved me. I expected to make love, but in the morning I realized I was getting screwed. When I went to tell the world, I was offered cash to keep my mouth shut.’ ”
“Who am I?” he wrote. “No, I’m not a model or someone named Stormy. I’m the American farmer.”
The Hill added:
Daniels was paid $130,000 by Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, just before the 2016 election and says that the payment was to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump. She is now suing the president to void a nondisclosure agreement.
Gibbs wrote that Trump is “tearing down” world markets “built and paid for by farmers” with his tariffs and protectionist trade policies, comparing Trump’s tactics to those of a “playground bully.”
“We keep hearing about the ‘Art of the Deal,’ ” Gibbs wrote. “I’m waiting for the ‘Art’ portion. Using a club to bludgeon our trading partners and allies is not negotiating. It’s nothing more than a playground bully stomping around to see who will flinch.”
Gibbs warned that Trump’s plan to use $12 billion in taxpayer money to aid farmers hurt by his tariffs “will do little more than put a target on agriculture’s back and make agriculture no better than those who come hat in hand wanting something for nothing.”