The Trump-supporting union member

Well, Ted Cruz has won Iowa, an outcome I find no less gooseflesh-inducing than a Trump victory.  A few days ago, a disturbing report surfaced about Trump making inroads among union members. According to a study conducted by Working America, white working-class voters who support Trump cited his tendency to “speak his mind” as the quality they most admired. This attribute was more of a driving factor among his supporters than agreement with his policy positions.

Possibly the biggest blow to labor under a Trump or Cruz presidency would come in the form of extremist Supreme Court nominees. Trump has mentioned Clarence Thomas as his favorite justice. With unions already under assault at the state level, a Supreme Court tilted even more toward radical market fundamentalism and against worker rights would be absolutely devastating.


  • skeptonomist

    A lot of American workers don’t have jobs, or not good jobs, because those jobs have gone to other countries such as China. Also a lot of Americans have lost jobs to immigrants, who work for less and thereby drive wages down. Many union members and others who have voted Democratic will vote for Trump because he is at least ostensibly opposed to outsourcing and immigration. Of course racial xenophobia is also a component of support for Trump, but there is a core of real economic grievance. This is probably more important that the fact that Trump “speaks his mind”.

    Are people who swallow the conventional economic wisdom that immigration as well as globalization are beneficial to American workers really on their side? Some liberals are bitterly opposed to deals such as NAFTA but apparently in favor of massive immigration – does this make sense? Actual wage-earners certainly have a different perspective on these things than liberal pundits and bloggers (and cartoonists?).

    • Stevie Ray Vaughn

      I agree that those who come here should work for prevailing wages, not engage in a race to the bottom. But what about the American Businessman who loves the USA – where is his/her responsibility for driving down wages by hiring those immigrants who are willing to work for less than Fair Market wages??

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.