Our governor, Kim Reynolds, has extended invitations to all major 2024 candidates to join her for one-on-one “Fair-Side Chats.” These informal interviews give Iowans a chance to hear from candidates in an unscripted setting, while they’re asked questions by a principled conservative leader.

Donald Trump declined this invitation. His absence speaks volumes about Trump’s view of Iowa, Iowans, our governor and our role in the primary process. Along with snubbing the Fair-Side Chat, Trump’s mistreatment of Gov. Reynolds signals he has lost touch with the values and traditions that make Iowa unique.

The Gazette