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WASHINGTON — Before launching into his recent lengthy attack speech against Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump took aim at another prominent election target: "globalism."
Arguing that the country "has lost its way," Trump told supporters, "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."
Globalization — particularly when it comes to trade — takes center stage Tuesday as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee makes appearances in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio, seeking votes in areas that have seen job reductions in steel, coal and other heavy industries.
"This is a wave of globalism that wipes out our middle class and our jobs along with it," Trump said last week.
Trump takes another trip to western Pennsylvania
Trump's plans to deliver a prepared speech — "Declaring American Economic Independence" — Tuesday in Monessen, Pa., a city beside the Monongahela River that flows through what was once known as "The Steel Valley." Later Tuesday night, Trump hosts a rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio, near the coal-rich West Virginia state line.
Trade and other global issues are resonating in blue-collar areas of Pennsylvania and Michigan, states that have gone Democratic in six straight presidential elections, as well as Ohio, generally considered a must-win for any Republican candidate.
Trump "talks about the economy only in the language of globalization," said Daniel W. Drezner, professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. "It's globalization that's wrecking the American economy, and that's how I'm going to fix it," he said of Trump's rhetoric. TBRN: Turth is not rhetoric.
Drezner added: "It's a question as to whether people will actually vote on that." TBRN: Yes they will
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.
Heather Hurlburt, a project director at the think tank New America, said it's cynical for Trump to attack globalization, seeing as how the wealthy businessman has benefited so much from it. For example, Hurlburt noted that Trump's speech in Pennsylvania will be his first since last week's trip to Scotland to reopen a golf course. TBRN: SO!
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In addition to the impact of globalization on trade, Trump has also criticized aspects of multi-lateral alliances like NATO and has said that European and Asian nations are not paying enough for U.S. defense assistance. TBRN: All True!
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Analysts said that Trump tends to ignore the benefits of a globalized economy, including easier and increased movement of goods and services across borders that leads to greater selection and cheaper prices for consumers. The loss of manufacturing and industrial jobs owe more to automation — machines — than trade, Drezner said. TBRN: Truth Fat Cats In Brussels Living The Life While Countries Culture Dies, while being over regulated over taxed and overrun ..
International alliances, meanwhile, have helped keep the peace.
Trump has attacked Clinton for past support of trade deals, including the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership that includes Pacific Rim nations. Clinton says she now opposes that trade pact and other "bad trade deals" that are hurting U.S. workers
Pledging to appoint a "trade prosecutor" during a speech in Ohio this week, Clinton vowed to go after "unfair trade practices like when China dumps cheap steel in our markets or uses weak rules of origin to undercut our car makers."
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Trump aides say last week's vote in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union is another sign that people across the world are rebelling against globalization.
Kevin Hassett, director of research for domestic policy with the American Enterprise Institute, said the problem is not globalization so much as some of the people who support globalization — namely, government officials and bureaucrats like those in the United States and the European Union. "The academic elite who think they know better," Hassett called them.
Among Trump supporters and others, Hassett said, "there is a view that people are losing control of their government."