BREAKING: Shocking New Report Reveals Trump Voters Hit Hardest by GOP War on the Poor

BREAKING: Shocking New Report Reveals Trump Voters Hit Hardest by GOP War on the Poor

Republicans are going after food stamps again, but with a twist

Back in mid-April, Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed the latest initiative in their demonization of the poor: stricter work requirements for the 40 million people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to make ends meet. Unlike many other bills that die prematurely in Congress, though, this proposal has survived. But a recent review may undercut even hard line Republican support.

This analysis, conducted and published Thursday by Bloomberg, reveals that a good 12.9 percent of citizens in Trump-voting red states, or 23.8 million people, used food stamps as recently as February 2018 (which is the latest month of available data).

“One in four rural children lives in poverty,” Dee Davis, President of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, Kentucky told Bloomberg. “The president’s response is to withhold food.” Davis’ organization, which is a proponent of greater funding for poverty relief programs for rural citizens, found that 66% of voters in rural counties cast their votes for Trump in 206, and these rural residents are 18% more likely to need food stamps than city residents. So, the GOP’s war on the poor will hit it’s own voting base, and Trump’s base, hardest.

 

Related: Trump Wants to Cut Food Stamps, Replace With Boxes of Disgusting Food

Thankfully not every Republican is on board with the changes, leading to some doubt that it could even pass the House, let alone go to the Senate. Of course, this isn’t due to the GOP suddenly developing a conscience, but because 2018 is a major midterm year. All 435 House seats and 35 Senate seats are up for grabs this fall, meaning Republicans can’t risk passing any more controversial legislation, they way they did with in 2017 with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

In other words, they’ll wait until their livelihoods aren’t threatened, before they threaten yours.

Related: Furious Trump ‘Snapped’ at Hannity, Threatens to ‘Bench’ Giuliani – WH Spinning Out of Control

Representative Leonard Lance of New Jersey, who is reportedly facing a touch reelection, put it best:

“I have concerns regarding SNAP. Those from New Jersey who have come into my office have said they would be unable to fulfill the requirements.”

The new requirement proposals are as follows: the age for working 20h/week will be raised from 49-59 while adult recipients that have children at least 6 years old will have to do additional work requirements or risk losing $1,800.

It’s a well-known fact that the majority of welfare recipients are working, with 55 percent of families with children on SNAP being a part of that statistic. Yet Republicans, in an effort to give more money to the rich, are willing to hurt these impoverished people through any means necessary.

If they wish to stop it, people everywhere need to come together to vote these people out come November.

Featured image by Gage Skidmore/Flickr, CC-BY-SA-2.0.

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