Trump Blames Globalism For Middle Class Struggles

By now, everyone's familiar with Donald Trump's blistering attack on Hillary Clinton when he stood in the lobby of one of his New York high-rises and called the presumptive Democratic nominee "a world-class liar."

But elements of the June 22 speech were drowned out by all the attention paid to the direct attack on Clinton, and one of them has been a central part of the businessman-turned-politician's campaign since he launched his presidential bid a year ago: globalism.

Throughout his campaign, the presumptive Republican nominee has said loudly and often that he believes the U.S. has become a nation that no longer puts its own interests first. In his speech, Trump elaborated, blaming globalism -- especially when it comes to trade and corporate profits -- for the country's economic woes

The U.S., Trump said, "got here because we switched from a policy of Americanism, focusing on what's good for America's middle class, to a policy of globalism -- focusing on how to make money for large corporations who can move their wealth and workers to foreign countries, all to the detriment of the American worker and the American economy itself."

Trump has begun delivering variations of his anti-globalization speech in former industrial boomtowns in crucial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to USA Today, in an attempt to appeal to working-class voters whose livelihoods depend on decimated industries.

The former reality TV star hopes the message resonates in areas heavily dependent on jobs in the steel and coal industries. It's a pitch that ties in with Trump's rhetoric on the recent Brexit vote, when he praised U.K. voters for leaving the European Union and restoring decision-making to U.K. leaders who are directly accountable to voters there.

"This is not a rising tide that lifts all boats," he said. "This is a wave of globalization that wipes out our middle class and our jobs."

The anti-globalization stance also doubles as an attack on Clinton, her policies and her relationships with wealthy foreign donors. Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been criticized for relying on foreign donors -- some of them from countries with long records of human rights abuses -- to fund their nonprofit, The Clinton Initiative, and their political activities.

The Clinton Initiative received millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, according to The Washington Post.

Trump hopes he can contrast himself with Clinton as a candidate who is beholden to no one, versus Clinton's reliance on well-heeled donors who expect access and in some cases government posts should she win in November.

"Together, she and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs, and foreign governments in the years since 2001," Trump said, reports Real Clear Politics. "They totally own her, and that will never change."

Clinton's response to Trump came in a highly critical speech on June 27, when she was joined by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a potential running mate. The former secretary of state blasted her Republican rival for owning golf courses across the world, and accused him of hypocrisy on globalism.

“Trump suits were made in Mexico,” she said, reports The New York Times. “Trump furniture is made in Turkey, instead of Cleveland. Trump barware is made in Slovenia, instead of Toledo.”

Sources: USA Today, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Real Clear Politics / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons via AstronomyNow

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