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Democrats are known for being hypocritical and disingenuous from time-to-time but this one really takes the cake.
Wasn’t it just a week ago that the Democrats were lecturing us on how we’re eating too much meat and need to stop in order to save the planet?
You know, cow farts and all that stuff.
Well, I guess that went right out the window as 17 Democrat contenders for the nomination descended on Iowa for the “Steak Fry” event, where they reportedly grilled up about 10,500 red-meat burgers!
But….photo ops! So it’s ok, right?
As always, the “Do as I say, not as I do party” is right on track!
Here's more, from The Hill:
The Iowa Republican Party jabbed at Democratic presidential hopefuls as they descended on the Hawkeye State this weekend for the the Polk County Democrats' annual Steak Fry, using the gathering as an opportunity to swipe at the candidates' positions on meat.
The state GOP released a statement full of meat-related puns on Friday, warning that "there couldn't be more at steak" as the Democratic candidates visit Iowa for the fundraiser on Saturday night.
"As the candidates continue beefing over whose extreme proposals go further left, it’s clear this election will be a cook-off between socialism and President Trump’s winning, America First agenda," the local party said.
The Iowa GOP argued Democrats have turned themselves into “a laughing stock” by appearing at a steak fry, accusing the candidates of hypocrisy over statements urging Americans to eat less meat or calls to tax the meat industry to combat climate change.
“The Steak Fry will be a great opportunity for caucus-goers to grill 2020 Democrats on their extreme policies that would limit Iowans’ freedoms and liberties,” said Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Iowa Republican Party. “As they continue butchering their positions, it’s clear the Democratic agenda would steer us in the wrong direction.”
The statement name-checked several 2020 contenders, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who said her administration would implement “incentives” for people to eat less meat, as well as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), an outspoken vegan who said he would rein in subsidies to the meat and dairy industries.
And from the Washington Examiner:
The Iowa Republican Party took a swing Friday at 2020 Democrats for planning to campaign at “Steak Fry” Saturday in the Hawkeye state after previously proposing ways to deter meat and dairy consumption.
Democrats in the presidential primary will gather at the Polk County Democrats Steak Fry fundraiser, where meat is expected to be plentiful, but the Iowa Republicans noticed that many of the candidates who will attend have called for Americans to eat less meat or tax the meat industry as a method to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Iowa GOP said in a statement that the “2020 candidates have turned themselves into a laughing stock with their outrageous ‘misteaks’ and out-of-touch proposals.”
“The Steak Fry will be a great opportunity for caucus-goers to grill 2020 Democrats on their extreme policies that would limit Iowans’ freedoms and liberties,” said Jeff Kaufmann, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, in a press statement.
He added, “As they continue butchering their positions, it’s clear the Democratic agenda would steer us in the wrong direction.”
California Sen. Kamala Harris, who is seeking to jump-start her campaign in Iowa, previously proposed a plan to create government incentives to encourage Americans to consume less meat.
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a vegan, claimed that eating meat would “destroy” the Earth. In an interview with Veg News, Booker said, “The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact.”
He added, “We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg prefer to impose a meat tax as a way to fight climate change.
“We change the economic signal and bring it into balance, and balance is what we have lost when it comes to our relationship with creation, with the Earth, that sustains our ability to live,” Buttigieg said during CNN’s climate change forum.
During an interview on CNN’s New Day, Buttigieg also accused individuals who ate cheeseburgers and used plastic straws as “part of the problem” when it came to combating climate change.
However, the meat and dairy industries are prominent in the Hawkeye state, and according to Iowa State University professor Lee Schulz, Agriculture and agriculture-related industries added $777 billion to the U.S. GDP in 2012, a 4.7% share.
And from the Free Beacon:
Several Democratic presidential candidates will be attending an annual steak fry event, despite lecturing Americans about the need to eat less meat because of climate change.
The organizers of the Iowa Polk County Democratic Party's annual steak fry will be grilling 10,500 steaks and 1,000 vegan burgers on 10 grills, during Saturday's event. Some of the candidates will grill steaks themselves.
Democratic candidates recently participated in a CNN climate town hall, where multiple candidates discussed the importance of reducing meat intake. Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) called for the U.S. government to create incentives to eat less meat.
"As a nation, we actually have to have a real priority at the highest level of government around what we eat and in terms of healthy eating because we have a problem in America," Harris said. "But there has to be also what we do in terms of creating incentives that we will eat in a healthy way, that we will encourage moderation and that we will be educated about the effect of our eating habits on our environment."
Andrew Yang said he would "modify Americans' diets over time" by increasing the price of beef to the point where Americans would buy less meat. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg are also in favor of adding a meat tax in order to decrease consumption.
Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who is a vegan, said "this planet simply can’t sustain" people eating meat.
And another well-done (no pun intended) article from the Daily Wire:
Democrats running for the 2020 presidential nomination have been moaning and whining about meat-eaters, who they claim are somehow destroying the environment with their diets. You see, farting cows add methane to the atmosphere and that's causing global warming, they say.
"Listen, we’ve got to address factory farming," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in February. "Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real,” said the 29-year-old former bartender, who Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has called "the future of the party."
But that didn't stop 17 of the 19 remaining candidates from descending on Iowa on Saturday to participate in the Polk County Steak Fry.
"Organizers grilled 10,500 steaks for attendees on Saturday, along with 1,000 vegan burgers. There is only one vegan candidate in the presidential race: Senator Cory Booker," CBS News reported.
Many of the White House hopefuls donned aprons and grabbed spatulas to flip steaks at the grills.
The candidates were also super-excited to be there, dancing with attendees.
Even tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang got in on the act, despite his stance on meat.
Yang is not a meat-lover. During a climate change forum hosted by MSNBC on Thursday, Yang was asked by an audience member about what "policy adjustments" he’d make to “curb expansion and reduce the environmental impact of the cattle industry” in order to “reduce demand.”
"Cattle is very energy-consuming and energy-expensive. And if you project forward on what we would need to do to reduce emissions, you would want to modify Americans' diets over time," Yang said.
"Now, some of that is happening naturally through education. I do think it’s difficult to regulate diets. So what you would want to do again is you’d want those cattle producers to have to internalize the cost of emissions. Because if your cattle ends up polluting a lot, which they do, just naturally — we don’t hate them for it. I mean, they're just big animals. Don’t hate the cattle, hate the — whatever.
"So then, what that would naturally do, and some people are going to hate this, but it would probably make those products more expensive. And that is appropriate because there’s a cost to producing food in that way. And so if you were to make it more expensive, then you would end up changing consumption patterns over time."
Several other Democratic presidential contenders have been taking aim at meat. In another climate change forum earlier this month, several said laws need to be changed.
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