In Iowa, the effects of Donald Trump’s trade policy are particularly felt in sectors such as agriculture, but tariffs do not necessarily have an impact on the political intentions of the affected voters.
In recent weeks, rain and floods have greatly complicated the job of soybean producer Robb Ewoldt.
These difficulties are in addition to the impact of tariffs that Washington and Beijing impose on each other. The farmer is already feeling the effects.
“Right now, we need to store the soybeans we harvest. It never happened, “says the farmer. A situation it expIn several Midwestern states, candidates, mostly Democrats, are campaigning against the impact of the Trump administration’s trade policy.
Are the backlashes of tariffs encouraging Robb Ewoldt to punish the president and his party in the November election? Not at all, says the farmer who supported Donald Trump in the last presidential election.
He believes that if they had seized power in 2016, the Democrats would have put in place new regulations, particularly at the environmental level, which would have also had an impact on its production.
I support my president. To be completely against tariffs would mean taking sides with China and I do not want to do that.
Robb Ewoldt, farmer
Like other farmers, Robb Ewoldt was reassured by another factor: the signing of a new free trade agreement to succeed NAFTA.lains by the more difficult access to China, first export market for American soybeans.
Dave Walton, another farmer in eastern Iowa, produces not only soybeans but also corn. For the latter product, the main export market of the United States is Mexico.
“If there had been a conflict with Mexico, it would have multiplied the effects of what is happening with China right now,” said Dave Walton, who also supports the president’s troops.
And the aluminum workers?
If Beijing has raised new trade barriers on agricultural products such as soybeans or pork, it is in response to tariffs that the Trump administration imposed on imports of Chinese aluminum and steel.
In Iowa, the measure was hailed by workers in these sectors who saw job losses multiply over the years. Many of them accuse China of dumping in the US market.
“In our industry, aluminum, but also steel, has been very good,” says Roy Hutt, who notes that the activity of some Midwestern factories has accelerated recently. However, he criticizes the administration for imposing similar tariffs on allies, such as Canada.
If he believes some of his colleagues could support the president’s party because of these measures to help the industry, Roy Hutt will vote for the Democrats in the mid-term election.
He blames Republicans, in power in Iowa, for adopting certain policies that hurt workers.
There are many other issues and I think tariffs are on the back burner.
Roy Hutt, aluminum worker
The proof is that for both Roy Hutt and farmers Robb Ewoldt and Dave Walton, the impact of these tariffs will not be reflected in the political choice they make on November 6.
Barry Collins from Columbia University in 2005. Barry grew up in the Uk but moved to The US after school. Barry has written for several major publications including Buzz Feed and the Huffington Post. Barry is a community reporter and also covers world events.