Reprinted from Campaign For America's Future
The Democratic party's elites must not think that trade and jobs will be big issues in the coming election. Apparently, they've never listened to a Donald Trump speech, and didn't notice that working-class people in the United Kingdom just voted to "brexit" from the European Union (EU) over these issues.
The Democratic platform writing committee has voted not to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with the pro-TPP majority saying that doing so would undercut President Obama's efforts to pass the agreement.
The problem is, this hands Trump, as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, powerful ammunition as he says Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton is only "pretending" to oppose the agreement.
Platform Committee Won't Oppose TPP
The Hill explains, in "Sanders: 'We lost some very important fights' in Democratic platform":
"[T]he panel did block several proposals favored by Sanders and his supporters. It refused to adopt a proposed amendment by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) that would have opposed President Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- both Sanders and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have spoken against the trade deal. Instead, the panel backed a measure that acknowledged 'a diversity of views in the party' on the TPP."- Advertisement -
More from AP: "Democrats reject platform proposal opposing trade deal":
"Democrats on Friday voted down an amendment to the party's platform that would have opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, avoiding an awkward scenario that would have put its statement of values at odds with President Barack Obama.
"Members of a Democratic National Convention drafting committee defeated a proposal led by Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., that would have added language rejecting the Pacific Rim trade pact, which has been opposed by presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
"The panel, which is developing the party's platform ahead of next month's Philadelphia convention, instead backed a measure that said 'there are a diversity of views in the party' on the TPP and reaffirmed that Democrats contend any trade deal 'must protect workers and the environment.'"
Trump, Republicans Attacking Clinton Over TPP
TPP and past "trade" deals are incredibly unpopular with working-class voters, and Republicans are preparing a full-scale attack on Clinton's credibility over the unpopular TPP. They are making the case that Clinton actually supports TPP but is pretending she does not in order to get votes. They say the president's efforts to pass TPP in the post-election "lame duck" session back up their claims. This pro-TPP vote by Clinton supporters on the platform committee will likely bolster the Republican argument.
Trump gave a major speech June 22, attacking Cinton for "corruption." A major portion of the speech was dedicated to his opposition to TPP, and claims that Clinton actually supports the agreement, only claiming to oppose it to get votes. He said:
"Hillary Clinton has also been the biggest promoter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which will ship millions more of our jobs overseas -- and give up Congressional power to an international foreign commission.
"Now, because I have pointed out why it would be such a disastrous deal, she is pretending that she is against it."