Donald Trump is already thinking about the 2020 presidential election, so, he held a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday. A local newspaper voiced their disapproval with a front-page editorial.
Local Newspaper Blasts the President
Trump has started courting Iowa so early because it is a battleground state. However, no other president has started campaigning so early before the next election even though what Trump is doing is not illegal in technical terms. Trump’s campaign is working diligently to pave the way for a reelection as it announced in April that it had put tens of millions of dollars in Trump’s war chest. That money could go to much better causes Trump like oh I don’t know, Healthcare? Veterans?
One of Iowa’s most venerable newspapers, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids, founded in the late 1880s, showed the president the door. In a lengthy front-page editorial The Gazette mentioned the main arguments for why Trump is not welcome in The Hawkeye State.
The editorial titled “Dear Mr. President” is, in fact, an open letter to Trump. The newspaper tells the president that now is not the time to start campaigning. Instead, Trump should better remain focused on governing. Iowans want results from the Trump administration, not empty rhetoric.
Iowans have questions and concerns about your plans. They can’t be heard over the cheers of a rally,
The editorial reads.
Iowans Want Action, Not Words
One of those concerns is about trade agreements which will severely impact the state’s valuable overseas exports. Iowa farmers are also concerned about crop insurance cuts in the new budget proposal, as they heavily rely on the federal money to keep going in these “tough times.”
Cedar Rapids residents want the government to help them build flood protection in downtown as promised. The newspaper challenged Trump to come with a solution to the issue, as the city was flooded twice in eight years.
As Trump visits, Cedar Rapids Gazette Pg. 1 editorial: “The campaign is over. You won. Now is not the time to rally.” pic.twitter.com/jIJqNA4aGD
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) June 21, 2017
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