Well, that was certainly a trade policy speech alright.
Yesterday’s speech by Donald Trump was… interesting.
Yeah, let’s go with that. Interesting.
In many ways, Trump went directly against trade policies that were supported by the GOP for decades in yesterday’s speech. What did he actually say? Here were some of his talking points (and some of our thoughts) from the speech.
- If there was any sort of central thesis to Trump’s speech yesterday, it was in this quote, “globalization has made the financial elite who donate to politicians very wealthy, but it has left millions of our workers with nothing but poverty and heartache.”
- It’s important to realize that quote goes against decades of conservative ideology when it comes to trade policies. The very idea goes against the conservative dogma of the free market being the great equalizer to everything and everyone. So when Trump eludes free markets and free trade is making the American economy worse, he’s essentially going against one of the central tenants that the GOP stands for.
- Trump backed his statements against globalization by vowing to withdraw from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and threaten to withdraw from North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he can’t negotiate a “better deal.” Here’s a portrayal of fiscal conservatives reacting to that announcement:
- It’s important to note however, like in all Trump speeches, he never specifically says the phrase “free trade” but instead alludes to the idea that other countries are “cheating us” with our trade policies only benefitting the elite and wealthy.
- As you may have guessed, conservatives weren’t too thrilled with Trump’s trade speech. But it isn’t easy to offend BOTH the organized labor and the fiscally conservative leaning US Chamber of Commerce. So kudos?
Not often you see back-to-back tweets like this: pic.twitter.com/CWpP7LZcRC
— Charlotte Garden (@CharlotteGarden) June 28, 2016
- The basic strategy of the Trump campaign with this speech is to appeal to his base of blue-collared, predominately White, voters. It’s hard to know how this will go over with his base, because while the “political elite isn’t looking out for your interests” argument has gotten him the GOP nomination, yet many have said his trade policies could hurt those that are in the most need. If that’s the case, this political gambit may have not been worth playing.
Don’t trust us on our talking points from yesterday’s speech? Think we’re pawns of the liberal media or Roger Ailes’ cabana boy for the conservative Illuminati?! Well my paranoid friend, you can see the speech for yourself below.
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