Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and anti-gun Democrats are yukking it up after President Donald Trump criticized the governor’s gun control agenda on Tuesday while discussing efforts to help the country’s farmers, who’ve been battered by the coronavirus closures of meatpacking plants across the country and massive disruptions to supply lines that helped bring food to schools, cafeterias, and other large scale operations.
Following an appearance from a Virginia potato farmer, the president said, “We’re going after Virginia, with your crazy governor. We’re going after Virginia. They want to take your Second Amendment away, you know that. You’ll have nobody guarding your potatoes.”
Potatoes are among Virginia’s top farming commodities, where production of the crop accounted for an estimated $17 million in 2018. Trump previously announced a $19 billion relief program for farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in April, including $16 billion in direct payments and government purchases of meat, dairy, vegetables, and other goods.
Northam responded to Trump’s comment in a tweet on Tuesday, writing, “I grew up on a Virginia farm, Mr. President—our potatoes are fine. And as the only medical doctor among our nation’s governors, I suggest you stop taking hydroxychloroquine.”
Northam may think our potatoes are fine, but the farmers who plant them aren’t doing as well, in part thanks to ridiculous orders by the governor to shut down farmer’s markets across the state. More importantly, the fact that Northam tried to zing the president on hydroxychloroquine rather than respond to Trump’s jibe at Northam’s gun control laws is an indication that the governor knows his anti-gun agenda isn’t playing well in most parts of the state.