Republican Business Owners Panic As Trump’s Policies Ruin Their Lives

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Published on 15 May 2019, 17:00
CNN recently spoke with Republican business owners who are feeling the squeeze from Donald Trump’s trade wars, and they admitted that they are on the verge of panic because his policies are ruining their businesses. There are always real life consequences to policies enacted by politicians, and the media should spend more time focusing on the people who are being harmed, regardless of their party affiliation. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
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*This transcript was generated by a third-party transcription software company, so please excuse any typos.

Earlier this week, CNN sat down with a couple of Republicans, small business owners to talk about Donald Trump's tariffs and what these people told CNN was exactly what the rest of us have been talking about for quite some time now. And that is things or bad things are very bad for their businesses. Their businesses are losing money. And again, these were Trump supporting republican small business owners who now say, quote, we're teetering on the edge of panic. And Trump's trade war has been a gut punch to our business. Uh, one of the business owners that they talked to owns a small travel accessories business and travel accessories happened to be one of the things that Donald Trump is slapped a bunch of tariffs on. So whenever this company wants to bring in their goods from overseas or the materials to make their goods here in the United States, but they have to bring the materials from overseas, they're having to pay those tariffs and then they're having to pass it along to their customers.
And what these owners explained later after talking about how panicked they were because of Trump's policies. They talked about the fact that because of these higher prices, their businesses are suffering, suffering to the point where they're on the edge of extinction, they may go out of business. The sad part about this story is that this is not unique. This is something we have seen reports on for at least the last six months. Farmers declaring bankruptcy at rates not seen in at least the last decade, not since the great recession, losing their businesses, CNN and other outlets and talk to those people at the time and they said, wow, I'm really, you know, shocked that Trump would do this to us. This, this hurts. You know, I, I d I don't know that I support him anymore, but unfortunately there are also too many people who in the same situation who were willing to say, I still support them.
If I have to lose my farm, I have to lose my farm. You know, I, I'd, I'd die for this man. They actually said that we, we did videos on it at the time. That is what they said, but here's the thing, and and to me, this is what I think CNN missed in their analysis. Like they just wanted to get some republican business owners on there to talk about how much they don't like Trump, what they really should be doing more often. Every outlet is talking to the victims of policy. They could have had a brilliant segment here, but it fell flat. Talk to the people impacted by what's happening today and not just the tariffs, the trade war, all of that. How about you go out there and you talk to the community that was poisoned because this administration repealed regulations on how much toxic waste corporations can dump into our waterways.

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