American union worker support for populist-nationalist Republicans may have started with President Trump, but it’s not ending with him as many in the pundit class had predicted.
In 2015, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told Chuck Todd in the midst of the Republican primary for president that “probably every” union worker in the United States said “Amen!” when Trump spoke about the crippling impact multinational free trade deals have had on American workers.
At the time, Trump was the only Republican in the GOP primary noting how free trade deals like NAFTA, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and KORUS had and would continue to kill jobs in the U.S. and send them overseas to foreign countries.
Left behind by these free trade deals, Trump said, were American workers who had been ignored by the free trade apparatus of the Republican and Democratic Party who were beholden to the big business lobby, tech lords, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Not only through taking down free trade, but also anti-worker mass immigration policies, Trump garnered historic support from the country’s union workers. When Trump said the mass importation of foreign workers to take blue-collar U.S. jobs was driving down wages and crowding out working-class Americans, union workers nodded in agreement.
The State Council of Firefighters broke with tradition and endorsed Kansas Secretary of State and conservative populist Kris Kobach in the state’s gubernatorial race on Friday.
During a press conference, Bob Wing, president of the firefighters union, said he and his members were endorsing Kobach for his pro-worker platform that seeks to secure pensions and more fair workers’ compensation laws across the state.
“I’m convinced that you truly care about firefighters and the issues which are important to them,” Wing said at the endorsement event. “You understand the need to protect firefighters against the risk of cancer due to our hazardous occupation and the need to ensure our pension plan is secure.”
Wing acknowledged that the State Council of Firefighters endorsement of a Republican is a historic shift not only for his union, but also for the GOP which Kobach—like Trump—has sought to shape into a pro-U.S. worker party.
“We are all well aware that unions historically endorse Democrats,” Wing said. “But the firefighters have always taken our endorsements seriously and endorse the best candidates in the race.”
Kansas gubernatorial candidate and Secretary of State Kris Kobach said on Tuesday that President Trump’s new bilateral trade deal with Mexico will “add jobs” to the state of Kansas, unlike the job-killing free trade deals of past administrations.
On Monday, Trump announced the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement, with which he seeks to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The trade agreement, Trump said, “is very special for our manufacturers and for our farmers from both countries” and will be a “much more fair bill” than NAFTA, which resulted in the loss of more than a million American jobs being eliminated from the economy.
In a statement to the press, Kobach said Trump’s bilateral trade deal will bring U.S. jobs back to Kansas:
Today’s announcement by President Trump of a new trade agreement with Mexico will help expand the Kansas economy, including for our farmers and manufacturing industry. Of particular interest is the increase in the amount of auto content to be made in the U.S. and Mexico, which will grow America’s auto industry, including the GM Fairfax plant in Kansas City.
This will add jobs right here in Kansas. As governor, I look forward to working to expand the entire Kansas economy and create jobs for hard-working Kansans. Today’s announcement will help with that goal, and I am confident that President Trump will be able to secure a new trade deal with Canada that will spur job growth here in Kansas [emphasis added].
Kansas Secretary of State and Republican candidate for Kansas governor Kris Kobach says “every crime” committed by an illegal alien “should never have occurred” in wake of news that 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts was allegedly murdered by an illegal alien.
This week, law enforcement announced that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in her rural hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa after she was last seen jogging on July 18.
Illegal alien Cristhian Bahena-Rivera, a 24-year-old from Mexico, has been charged with first-degree murder in her death after police say he admitted to confronting and chasing down Tibbetts. The illegal alien lived in a region of Iowa that was surrounded by sanctuary cities, as Breitbart News noted.
Kobach — who has spent most of his career fighting illegal immigration throughout the country — said in a statement that he was “saddened and outraged to hear of Mollie Tibbetts’s death at the hands of an illegal alien.”
“Crime is one of the many reasons I’ve been fighting illegal immigration all of my career and will continue to do so as Governor, Kobach said. “Every crime committed by an illegal alien is a crime that should never have occurred and would never have occurred if the illegal alien were not in our country. Kansans have suffered similar tragic consequences at the hands of illegal aliens.”