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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.”

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Megan has lived in California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida and she currently lives in Central America. Living in these places has informed her writing on politics, science, and history. She is currently owned by 15 cats and 3 dogs and regularly owns Trump supporters when she has the opportunity.

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