Late night host Stephen Colbert used Thursday night’s cold open to mock farmers who are struggling to make ends meet due to the Trump administration’s trade war with China.
U.S. farmers who rely heavily on exports to China have felt a squeeze since tariffs have left many of them without enough buyers for their crops.
On “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” farmers’ financial woes were set to the tune of “The Farmer in the Dell” with some progressively harsher lyrics and a cartoon illustration.
“Tariffs posed by Trump, put the farmers in the dumps
Oh no, the derry-o, the farmer’s in a slump.
The farmer lost his wife, she wants a better life
She ran off with an ex-convict who rides a b****in bike.
The farmer needs a job, he’s stripping while he sobs
Hi-ho the stripper pole, they’re laughing at his knob
The farmer drinks a lot, his liver starts to rot
Chuggity-chug the winey-o, time to start growing pot”
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The Trump administration has provided billions in aid to farmers to support them throughout this trade conflict with China, but many are still left wondering if this will all end up being worth it for them.
“There was a sense that this was going to be a short-term fight and the mantra we constantly heard was, ‘short-term pain for long-term gain,'” said Brian Kuehl, co-executive director of Farmers for Free Trade, according to Politico. “I think you can see very clearly that farmers are more frustrated now than they were six months ago. We heard there’s a deal that’s imminent, then it’s not. We heard this was all going to be wrapped up quickly, then it wasn’t. A lot of farmers just want to know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”