by WorldTribune Staff, June 28, 2016
Globalization is an American jobs killer and last week’s Brexit vote is another indication that people across the globe are rebelling against it, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said.
“This is a wave of globalism that wipes out our middle class and our jobs along with it,” Trump said last week.
America “has lost its way,” Trump told supporters, adding “we 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 is making globalization, particularly when it comes to trade, a key issue of his campaign, one he drove home on June 28 during appearances in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, areas that have been devastated by the moving of manufacturing jobs overseas.
Trump was to speak in Monessen, Pa., a city beside the Monongahela River that flows through what was once known as “The Steel Valley” and at a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, near the coal-rich West Virginia state line.
In western Pennsylvania, people have “endured incredible economic hardship” as manufacturing jobs move overseas, said Joseph DiSarro, who chairs the political science department at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. Trump’s message is well-received there, DiSarro said, adding that “globalization has really brought on unfair competition to the American worker” as businesses move jobs to low-wage, low-regulated countries.
Trade and globalization are issues that are resonating in blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania and Michigan, states that have gone Democratic in six straight presidential elections, as well as the key swing state of Ohio.