After small protests on Friday regarding alleged “global warming,” most of the Democratic presidential candidates attended the annual Polk County Democratic Party Steak Fry in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the event will feature over 10,000 steaks and 1,000 burgers, some of which will be grilled by the candidates themselves. This comes after many of the same candidates had openly spoken out against eating meat in order to combat the alleged “climate crisis.”
Seventeen of the nineteen remaining candidates attended the event, most of whom explicitly said during CNN’s climate change-themed town hall that they would push for government regulations to disincentivize Americans from eating meat.
Entrepreneur Andrew Yang (D-N.Y.), for example, advocated for artificially increasing the price of meat products over time, which was echoed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) in their calls for a “meat tax,” according to the Beacon. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said at the CNN event that “this planet simply can’t sustain” people who eat meat.