Peanut butter boycott could hit power base
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
Ten states grow 90 per cent of peanuts in the US.