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Blue-Collar Workers in Ohio Are Sticking with Trump Ahead of 2020

"The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after work and not before work..."

By NTK Staff | 05.20.2019 @12:00pm
Blue-Collar Workers in Ohio Are Sticking with Trump Ahead of 2020


Ohio voters who flipped for President Trump in the 2016 presidential election are standing firmly behind the president ahead of the 2020 election, according to a New York Times story highlighting Trump’s support in northeast Ohio on Monday.

David Betras, a former Democratic Party leader who in 2016 expressed concern to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that she did not a have message that resonated with blue-collar workers, told the Times he doesn’t see Trump losing the coalition that delivered him Ohio in 2020.

“The Democratic Party has lost its voice to speak to people that shower after work and not before work,” Betras said. “All we’re saying is he won’t turn over his tax returns. He’s saying, ‘I’m fighting China to get you better jobs.’”

“They don’t care about his taxes — they just don’t,'” Betras added

While some political pundits have agreed that Trump’s ongoing trade war with China will harm Trump’s re-election campaign, it appears to be having the opposite effect according to the Times.

The Times also found that northeast Ohio residents do not support former Vice President Joe Biden’s message when it comes to China.

“Still, on the campaign trail, Mr. Biden has downplayed China’s global economic threat. “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man!” he exclaimed at a rally in Iowa, adding, “They’re not competition for us.”

“Democrats in Youngstown said that is exactly the wrong message.”

Tim O’Hara, vice president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, told the Times that he doesn’t think union autoworkers at the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio who voted for Trump in 2016 will support Biden in 2020.

“I don’t think those Trump people are going to flip back, even if it’s Joe Biden, who has a lot of support in this area,” O’Hara said. “I think they’re dug in on Trump. Whatever happens, they’re going to go down with the ship with him.”

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), who is running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, said that Trump is “punching China in the face” with tariffs while bashing his fellow 2020 rivals for not taking China seriously.

“The communities were cut loose and ignored and then they voted for Trump because at least he’s punching somebody in the face, and no one else is,” Ryan said.

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