Trump "stepped out of his helicopter like a Palm Beach mogul, sporting a navy blazer and breezy cream slacks, a red cap with his 'Make America Great Again' slogan, French cuffs and buffed white dress shoes, which would be challenged moments later when the Trump entourage walked through a pile of horse dung," Rucker and Johnson write. "A political Willy Wonka, Trump offered rides in his helicopter, which landed at a nearby baseball field, to randomly selected handfuls of Iowa children. Trump’s spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, acknowledged, “You know we don’t do subtle."
Rucker and Johnson note that Clinton "stood at the fence of a dirty paddock to meet a shorthorn cow named Maggie. (She paid no attention to the shiny black Rolls-Royce parked a few yards away.) She expressed amazement at a Monopoly-themed butter statue. She bit into a greasy pork chop and sipped from a jumbo cup of fresh-squeezed lemonade. Walking through the Agriculture Building—past showcases of the thickest carrots, roundest beets and biggest heads of iceberg lettuce—Clinton made her way to the famed butter cow. She smiled and waved, waved and smiled."
Not to be outdone by his own performance, Trump made more news this weekend, "calling for mass deportation of illegal immigrants and nationwide use of the E-Verify system to check the legal status of workers," Philip Brasher reports for Agri-Pulse."Both policies, were they to be attempted, could have far-reaching implications for agriculture, which relies heavily on immigrant labor in fruit, vegetable, meat and dairy production."
"Trump, who also called for tripling the number of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers, posted a broad outline of his immigration policy on his web site this weekend," Brasher writes. "He told the host of NBC's Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, that the mass deportation of immigrants, including entire families, was essential." (Read more)