President Trump launched a new tirade against Democrats and the Green New Deal, the climate change proposal championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, telling a rally in Iowa on Thursday night that they “want to kill your cows.”
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“The Green New Deal, which would crush our farmers, destroy our wonderful cows -- I love cows -- they want to kill our cows,” Trump said in Des Moines, just days before Iowans hold their first-in-the-country caucuses. “You know why, right? You know why? Don’t say it. They want to kill our cows, that means you’re next.”
Introduced by Ocasio-Cortez last February, the Green New Deal has become one of Trump’s preferred targets, and he frequently rails against it during his campaign rallies. The sweeping plan calls for a drastic reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels over the next three decades to curb climate change.
The proposed legislation does not call for the elimination of cows. (Though the original version included a passage that mentioned “farting cows,” which was later removed in favor of “emissions from cows”).
According to the United Nations, methane gas produced by cows belching has a surprisingly big environmental impact: Livestock farming produces about 18 percent of environmentally damaging gases, and about one-quarter of that stems from cow farts and burps.
Iowa is one of the key battleground states in the presidential election, and Trump has sought to energize his base in the state. He shrugged off the impeachment trial that’s currently underway in the Senate, while touting some of his most recent accomplishments, like the partial U.S.-China trade agreement and the revised United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.
The Senate will hold a pivotal vote today on whether to allow additional witnesses to testify, but the trial seems poised to come to an end on Saturday with the presidents’ acquittal.
“We are going to win the great state of Iowa. It will be a historic landslide,” he said. “If we do not win, your farms are going to hell, I can tell you that right now.”
While Trump won Iowa by about 10 points in 2016, it went to Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.