AUDIO: Listen to Cramer Flip Flop on Trump’s Tariffs This Week
FARGO, N.D. – It’s no secret that Congressman Cramer values loyalty to Washington and President Trump over what’s best for North Dakotans, and perhaps the starkest example came this week when he flip-flopped, then fumbled on Twitter, abandoning North Dakota farmers to toe the party line.
“North Dakota farmers won’t forget that when it came time for Congressman Cramer to defend them against back-breaking tariffs, he left them in the dust,” said Scott McNeil, Executive Director of North Dakota Dem-NPL. “By defending President Trump’s tariffs as part of the president’s ‘long game,’ Congressman Cramer proved he doesn’t have what it takes to stand up to the president when North Dakota producers needed him most. North Dakotans deserve a U.S. Senator that will represent them – not someone who is running scared of the president.”
North Dakota exports more than two-thirds of its soybean crop to China. But when it came time for Cramer to stand up for farmers against President Trump’s tariffs, which could have a crippling affect on North Dakota soybean growers and producers – particularly if China’s retaliatory 25 percent levies on soybeans go into effect – he refused. When asked on KFGO this week about President Trump’s tariffs, Cramer first called the policy one of the president’s “emotional reactions”:
“So, yes, there are these short-term sort of emotional reactions by the markets and others, and frankly, by the president himself. And this is one of my concerns again. He tends to have rather emotional responses rather than you know sort of long game more thought out perhaps communication.”
“Well, Joel, because I think we have a president who is looking at the long game.”
The next day, Cramer was still so focused on doing what’s best for Trump over North Dakotans, he forgot to deliver the message to his social media team, who wrongly assumed he would want to do the right thing for North Dakota and oppose President Trump’s harmful tariffs. Here are their tweets he deleted: