Twitter users mocked and criticized Representative Devin Nunes after the California Republican reported that he was a farmer because he owned a “farm,” reported to be just about 100 square feet, that brings in no income.

The hashtag #ImAFarmerLikeNunes trended on Twitter Thursday, as social media users called out the congressman for attempting to equate himself with rural farmers. According the The Sacramento Bee, Democrats accused Nunes of being a “fake farmer” over a year ago, after he described himself as such on campaign materials and profiles. Although his financial disclosures dating back to 2007 never declared a farm as part of his assets or agriculture earnings, his latest disclosure listed the plot of land or “farm” as an asset worth less than $15,000.

“100 square foot? That is area. Area is squared, length times width. Devy’s farm is 10 foot by 10 foot,” Twitter user @Russel_nelson pointed out. “What kind of tractor you reckon that takes?” he asked, sharing a GIF of a child crashing a small John Deere.

The account @DevinCow made several mocking posts, including one that sarcastically asked: “Chia pet or ant farm Devin?”

“Once I threw an apple core out of my car window while driving at 70mph. Since then I consider myself a farmer,” Twitter user @melpem quipped, sharing a gif of a dancing farmer.

“I have a fruit canister set. Do I qualify for farm aid?” @Treezie asked.

Others shared photos of the plants in their homes, vegetable plants in their gardens and herbs growing in pots on their porches, arguing that they too might be farmers like Nunes.

“There’s some oregano, thyme, and basil in there somewhere,” @JeanFay19 wrote.

“Tomato plant I’ve had growing for 3 years!” @fn_katz posted, sharing an image of the plant. “How much subsidy is this one worth?”

Delaney Marsco, legal counsel on ethics for the nonpartisan watchdog group Campaign Legal Center, told The Bee that it appears as if Nunes may have improperly filed his financial disclosures in the past, or that the representative may have purchased the so-called “farm” recently.

“Either he had a tiny stake in this farm all along and he’s been improperly filing financial disclosures, or he bought a tiny, tiny farm this year in order to protect his reputation as a farmer in his district,” Marsco explained.

During last year’s midterm elections, retired Tulare County farmer Paul Buxman joined with Democratic groups to officially challenge the GOP congressman’s description of himself as a farmer. However, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla dismissed the challenge.

But even with Nunes’ latest disclosure, the small plot of land does not necessarily fit with the definition of a farm used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency defines a farm as “any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the year.”

Although Nunes’ family used to own a dairy farm in California, it was relocated to Iowa back in 2006 and 2007 and is controlled by his brothers, Esquire
reported in 2018. His uncle still owns a farm in California and Nunes has invested in a Napa Valley winery.