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Vox Writer Confused After Trump’s Tractor, Internet Claims. Iowa Senator Sets The Record Straight.

A Vox writer exposed their lack of knowledge of anything not relating to a city on Tuesday after taking a swipe at President Donald Trump while he addressed a crowd in Iowa.

At one point Trump began speaking about access to broadband, and explained how his administration has helped rural communities.

“We secured nearly $1.2 billion to expand rural broadband, which you need very badly. You need very badly,” Trump said. “They have not treated the West well with broadband, with anything having to do with the word ‘computer.’ I look at some of those tractors and they don’t even hook up.”

This quote was used to mock Trump, but ended up saying more about the Vox writer than it did about Trump.

“Beyond parody -- Fox Business cuts away from Trump's speech right after he laments, bizarrely, that tractors can't hook up to the internet,” wrote Aaron Rupar, an associate editor at Vox.

Farming, like all other aspects of our economy, has increasingly become technologically advanced. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) took to Twitter to explain today’s farming to Rupar:

“This might be news to folks in New York or D.C., but in Iowa we know internet-connected farm equipment is critical for precision agriculture. And it’s one of the reasons I’m working to improve rural broadband speed and access.”

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, responded to Ernst with several examples he has seen of how technology helps farmers.

“America’s farms and ranches increasingly rely on technology. I’ve seen it for myself, from 4G LTE-connected soil probes to WiFi-managed fertilizer apps to GPS-driven combines to fiber-fed feedlots,” Pai tweeted.

It does not appear Rupar has explained or walked back his comments.

 
 
 

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