Donald Trump doesn’t need your safe food!

He’s strong!  Regulations to keep pathogens out of are food are weak!  Real men overcome E.Coli poisoning through force of will!  Via the Hill:

Donald Trum floated rolling back food safety regulations if he wins the White House in November.

In a fact sheet posted online Thursday, the campaign highlighted a number of “specific regulations to be eliminated” under the GOP nominee’s economic plan, including what they called the “FDA Food Police.”

“The FDA Food Police, which dictate how the federal government expects farmers to produce fruits and vegetables and even dictates the nutritional content of dog food,” it read.

“The rules govern the soil farmers use, farm and food production hygiene, food packaging, food temperatures and even what animals may roam which fields and when,” the statement continued. “It also greatly increased inspections of food ‘facilities,’ and levies new taxes to pay for this inspection overkill.” …

The fact sheet was later removed from the website and a new fact sheet detailing Trump’s economic agenda did not include mention of the FDA.

Clearly, Donald Trump doesn’t know a damn thing about food safety.  He’s just learned that it’s good Republican politics to say Regulations = Bad.  Ezra Klein has mentioned on multiple occasions that one of the most troubling aspects of Trump’s personality is he seems so easily persuaded by the last person he has spoken with on an issue.  In this case, Trump had clearly recently spoken with someone fed up with all those regulations that were making his food production more expensive (pathogens be damned)).  But, since this is Trump, a little pushback from sane voices and it disappears from the website.  Trump in a (bacterially-contaminated) nutshell.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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