Donald Trump,”Globalization has Wiped out Our Middle-class”
Donald Trump took aim at US free trade deals in a speech delivered in Western Pennsylvania Tuesday that painted Hillary Clinton as a champion of the kind of Globalization that has driven millions of US manufacturing jobs overseas.
“This wave of globalization has wiped out totally, totally our middle class,” he said, standing on the floor of Alumisource, a plant that provides Aluminum scrap and other raw materials to the Aluminum and Steel industries. “It doesn’t have to be this way. We can turn it around and we can turn it around fast.”
The speech, delivered in the heart of America’s struggling “Rust Belt, stressed a central premise of his campaign: that global free trade, a Republican Party staple for decades, has hurt American workers because deals have been negotiated poorly.
Donald Trump vows to bring back manufacturing jobs, in part, by imposing tariffs on goods produced by companies that move manufacturing jobs offshore.
It’s a message that resonates with the White, working class voters, who power his primary campaign.
Donald Trump, in his speech, portrayed Mrs. Clinton as an agent of a status quo “that worships Globalism over Americanism” and criticized her past support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which he described as “the deathblow for American manufacturing.”
He said the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed by Bill Clinton, is a “disaster” and pointed to the Clinton’s support for normalizing trade relations with China.
He said that, as President, he would overhaul the way the nation approaches trade, threatening to wield new tariffs and taxes to push his way.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s time to declare our economic independence once again,” he said.
Now Donald Trump heads later to St. Clairsville, OH for a rally at the eastern campus of Ohio University. It will be his 1st visit to the Key battleground state since he secured the delegates to become the GOP’s presumptive nominee.
Polls in 10 battleground states show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a tight race.
The media reports that Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin and North Carolina “show close races across the board” for the candidates.
Mrs. Clinton has a slight edge in 6 of those states, but with 4 months to go before the general election, the numbers could change quickly.
Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray told The Hill: “If we’ve learned anything this cycle, it’s that this is the Donald Trump election and none of the normal rules apply.”
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