Chinese tariff retaliation could help Democratic candidates

Larry Kudlow, the new White House economic adviser, talks to reporters on a day when he also hit CNBC, Fox News and Fox Business. Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images

"The impact of retaliation by China could drown out the GOP message that tax cuts are delivering prosperity, which the party is counting on to save their majorities in the House and Senate," per Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur.

The bottom line: China's threats of retaliation are scaring farmers in the GOP's rural base and across Trump country, creating a potential drag for Republicans in November's midterms.