Red meat policy: GOP turns culture war into food fight | News from local businesses
THOMAS BEAUMONT and SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa – Last week, the Conservatives gobbled up fake news that President Joe Biden was planning to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested that Biden “stay out of my kitchen.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted a headline warning that Biden was starting to “get on your grill.”
The news was false – Biden isn’t planning anything like that – but it wasn’t the first time the Right had recognized the political power of a juicy steak. In recent months, Republican politicians have increasingly used food – especially beef – as a club in a culture war, accusing climate-conscious Democrats of trying to change Americans’ diets and, therefore, their life.
“It’s a direct attack on our way of life here in Nebraska,” Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican, recently said.
The rhetoric being launched is probably a sign of the future. As more Americans recognize the link between food production and climate change, food choices are likely to become increasingly political. Already in agricultural states, meat consumption has joined abortion, gun control and transgender rights as an issue that is quickly sending supporters to their corners.
“Right, they’re just going for the simplest line of applause, which accuses the left of declaring war on meat. And that’s a really good line of applause, ”said Mike Murphy, a Republican consultant. “It’s politically effective, even if it’s intellectually dishonest.”