Indeed, Trump is banking on the patience of one of the most reliable parts of his base to see his trade war come to fruition.
Trump has acknowledged that his tariffs will hurt farmers, at least in the short term, but says they will “open up markets” in the long run (many dispute this). You can watch Trump’s progression on this in the video above.
“Our farmers are patriots, and they’re saying the president is doing the right thing,” Trump said Thursday. “These are incredible people, and, you know, we’ve given them a little help yesterday. We’re giving them help.”
But as industries increasingly blame Trump’s trade war for layoffs and shrinking profits, the question is whether, or when, Trump’s base will turn on him as a result.
“Overall, he’s done good,” she told the Times. “I’m not going to be selfish just because of me.”
Emily Guskin contributed to this report.