Can You Hear Us Now?
t is why, Russell Berman wrote in May, “The white, working-class voters that embraced [Hillary Clinton’s] message of resilience in 2008 have deserted her for Bernie Sanders in many primaries in 2016.” But I offer this not as a knock against Hillary Clinton, but to point out an opportunity. Forget Trump’s bigotry and all the rest. He gets a lot of mileage out of talking about trade. Democrats need to pay attention, as Thomas Frank wrote in March, rural America doesn’t give a damn about punditry on trade being noble and “free”:
To the remaining 80 or 90% of America, trade means something very different. There’s a video going around on the internet these days that shows a room full of workers at a Carrier air conditioning plant in Indiana being told by an officer of the company that the factory is being moved to Monterrey, Mexico, and that they’re all going to lose their jobs.