Trump Reeling As 12.5 Million American Workers In The AFL-CIO Endorse Hillary Clinton

The myth that Trump is going to woo the support of working class white voters was dealt a deadly blow, as the 12.5 million-member AFL-CIO endorsed Hillary Clinton.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said, “Hillary Clinton is a proven leader who shares our values. Throughout the campaign, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the issues that matter to working people, and our members have taken notice. The activism of working people has already been a major force in this election and is now poised to elect Hillary Clinton and move America forward. Sen. Bernie Sanders has brought an important voice to this election and has elevated critical issues and strengthened the foundation of our movement. His impact on American politics cannot be overstated. We are ready to fight hard to restore faith in America and improve the lives of all working people. Hillary Clinton has proven herself as a champion of the labor movement, and we will be the driving force to elect her president of the United States.”

Hillary Clinton responded via a statement:

I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the AFL-CIO.

Members of the AFL-CIO know, as I do, that we are stronger together. We are stronger when we are investing in our country and our future. As President, I will make the biggest investment in infrastructure since the Interstate Highway System—because to build a 21st century economy, we need 21st century roads, ports, transit systems, water systems, and electric grids. We will fight for good schools in every ZIP code—because all of our children deserve a chance to live up to their God-given potential. And we will fight to raise the federal minimum wage back to the highest it’s ever been, to finally join all other industrial nations in guaranteeing paid family leave for workers, and at last secure equal pay for women.

And we know we are stronger when we have each other’s backs. Workers’ rights to organize, to bargain collectively, to be safe on the job, and to retire with dignity and security after years of hard work are fundamental to our country and to our economy. In too many statehouses across the country—and even in the halls of Congress—these rights are under concerted attack by Republicans and big corporations who have forgotten that a strong economy requires a strong workforce. As President, I will stand proudly with the AFL-CIO and fight to protect the rights and values that helped build the mighty American middle class. Workers will always have a seat at the table and a champion in the White House—because when unions are strong, workers are strong, and when workers are strong, America is strong.

So much for the idea that working class white voters are going to flock to Donald Trump. The presumptive Republican nominee has been trying to woo union workers with rhetoric about free trade, and he has been specifically promising to bring back union jobs.

The brutal reality for Republicans is that Donald Trump is not Ronald Reagan, and this is not 1980. American workers aren’t going to vote for a candidate who argues that wages are too high.

Wages and income inequality are key issues to the electorate, and Donald Trump doesn’t have plans to help workers on either front. Hillary Clinton got the endorsement of the AFL-CIO because she has plans to help American workers, while Donald Trump is talking tough, and hiding his $3.2 trillion tax cut for millionaires and billionaires.