Americans Scratching Their Heads After Trump Says Farmers Need Guns to Protect Potatoes
Donald Trump regularly goes off the rails during press conferences, but Tuesday’s press conference, which also included a gathering of potato farmers, the president acted so bizarrely it’s hard to know where to begin. But I’ll give it a shot anyway. I’ve included the bizarre video below.
Trump took the opportunity to slam Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who has issued strict stay-at-home orders that will last well into June. Trump has made it more than clear that he wants to open America for business, COVID-19 be damned. At one point he even suggested farmers should use firearms to guard the U.S. potato supply, Raw Story notes.
“We’re going after Virginia with your crazy governor,” Trump said. “We’re going after Virginia. They want to take your Second Amendment away. You know that, right? You’ll have nobody guarding your potatoes.”
Northam has since responded to Trump’s remarks with a sense of humor and a side order of sarcasm.
“I grew up on a Virginia farm, Mr. President — our potatoes are fine. And as the only medical doctor among our nation’s governors, I suggest you stop taking hydroxychloroquine. Let’s all get back to work.”
The rest of Trump’s press conference wasn’t any less crazy. At one point Trump introduced one Virginia farmer and asked him about the size of bags of potatoes. Yes, really. He asked that.
“You have five-pound bags. What other size bags do you have?”
The farmer answered and then Trump wanted to know if Idaho potatoes could be grown in Virginia.
“Gave me a little education on potatoes,” Trump told reporters. “That’s interesting. I wonder if the media enjoyed that? Probably not.”
Here is the President bizarrely claiming he's going after Virginia because "you'll have nobody guarding your potatoes". 🤔 pic.twitter.com/J8USxckS5D
— Matt Rogers 🎙️ (@Politidope) May 19, 2020
As expected, Twitter has no idea what’s going on:
The Hamburglar is worried about potato safety. https://t.co/8RMZdjhkWy
— The Lady Aye (@TheLadyAye) May 19, 2020
…and they wanna claim Biden is senile. Trump is the only one who is showing verifiable, consistent signs of mental decline. https://t.co/YvAVUzk9w5
— Kahil (@Kahil) May 19, 2020
If you think Virginia is tough on potatoes, you should see Idaho!
— ʎzzI-Call me Izzy😷 (@1zzyzyx1) May 19, 2020
OK, hear me out…
— Frank Anderson (@frankoanderson) May 19, 2020
😆🤣😄😆🤣 As if anyone in Virginia lacks for gun or potatoes… and as if that’s what people steal. This is what you get from a NY pretender who doesn’t own a gun, has never brought groceries or cooked his own meal, and has never walked a field. pic.twitter.com/4IQ8MAO3kM
— Gideon Mountain Hunt (@terriermanUSA) May 19, 2020