Midwest Dem candidate: Farm aid plan like getting 'punched in the face' 

One Midwest Democratic House candidate said he isn’t impressed with President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE’s $12 billion farm aid plan.

J.D. Scholten (D-Iowa) told Hill.TV that farmers in his district are still reeling from the impact of Trump’s trade tariffs.

“When it came out this week about the $12 billion – it’s like if you get punched in the face and then you get an ice pack,” Scholten told co-host Krystal Ball on “Rising.”

Scholten said farmers were struggling even before Trump took a hardline stance on trade policies, pointing to what he sees as a larger, underlying systemic problem that plagues the agriculture industry.

“Farmers have had a lot of anxiety before it even came to the tariffs…we need to get into more markets,” Scholten said.

“Right now, I see a lot of farmers, they don’t really know what to think – they’re worried about this year’s harvest," Scholten told Hill.TV. "The pork producers and dairy folks, they’re getting hit right now.”

Scholten is running against Iowa’s fourth district incumbent, Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report — Combative Trump aims at Pelosi before Russia report Steve King's campaign spent more than it raised last quarter It's time for a 'Congressional Jewish Caucus' MORE (R), who represents the largest farm district in the state.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny PerdueGeorge (Sonny) Ervin PerdueStates sue Trump admin over changes to school lunch standards Trump says Linda McMahon will step down as Small Business administrator Senate buzz grows for Abrams after speech electrifies Dems MORE unveiled the aid plan on Tuesday, calling it a short-term fix intended to provide "time to work on long-term trade deals."

The newly proposed package was met with criticism from midwestern lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

Republican Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed GOP senators divided on Trump trade pushback The Hill's 12:30 Report: Assange faces US charges after dramatic arrest MORE (Neb.) said in a statement that America’s farmers don’t want to be paid to lose — they want to win by feeding the world.”

On Wednesday, Trump pleaded with farmers to “be a little patient” and claimed that farmers would “be the biggest beneficiary” of his trade policies.

— Tess Bonn