JD Vance, the author of the best-selling “Hillbilly Elegy,” has exited the board of directors of AppHarvest, according to an emailed statement from the $1.6 billion indoor agriculture company.
The newly public Kentucky firm announced Vance’s departure in response to a Bloomberg News inquiry about some of Vance’s recent statements. On Twitter, he’d written that taxes should be raised on businesses that oppose a new spate of state-level voting restrictions
He also called Fox News host Tucker Carlson “the only powerful figure who consistently challenge elites dogma,” after Carlson came under fire for saying that “the Democratic party is trying to replace the current electorate,” a frequent talking point of white supremacists.
Vance is also considered likely to run in the GOP Senate primary ahead of the 2022 race to fill Sen. Rob Portman's seat.