Peanut but­ter boy­cott could hit power base

The Herald - - TRUMP VISIT - FIONA MCKAY

A GLOBAL boy­cott of peanut but­ter would pose a se­ri­ous threat to the Don­ald Trump’s power base, ac­cord­ing to a lead­ing nov­el­ist and hu­man rights ac­tivist.

Ti­mothy Cooper said that cut­ting back on de­mand for the pop­u­lar break­fast spread could weaken the US Pres­i­dent by dam­ag­ing the economies of Trump-sup­port­ing states.

Anger among con­stituents may make them less likely to vote for Repub­li­can can­di­dates in elec­tions to the US Se­nate in Novem­ber.

Fewer Repub­li­can sen­a­tors would then leave Mr Trump strug­gling to achieve key pol­icy goals, Mr Cooper ar­gues in an ar­ti­cle for the Fi­nan­cial Times.

About 10 Amer­i­can states are thought to grow 99 per cent of the coun­try’s peanuts, in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia, Florida, Mis­sis­sippi, Vir­ginia and New Mex­ico. Join­ing them are North and South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, and Ok­la­homa.

Sig­nif­i­cantly, the Repub­li­can­lean­ing con­stituents of these mostly-south­ern states rep­re­sent a large per­cent­age of the pres­i­dent’s vot­ing base.

Mr Cooper writes: “Every Se­nate Repub­li­can from these peanut-grow­ing states — 14 of their 20 sen­a­tors — sup­ports Mr Trump and his poli­cies, in­clud­ing his trade tar­iffs.

“By re­fus­ing to buy Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan and other brands, global con­sumers can form an al­liance in op­po­si­tion to Mr Trump’s tar­iffs and wield an eco­nomic power they never knew they had.

“A global eco­nomic boy­cott of peanut but­ter could help de­feat three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors and re-elect three Democrats from peanut­grow­ing states who face the vot­ers in Novem­ber.

“A Demo­cratic gain of just two seats would flip con­trol of the Se­nate, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to block bills and ju­di­cial ap­point­ments that

Democrats op­pose.”

„ Ten states grow 90 per cent of peanuts in the US.

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