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Mon Mar 12, 2018, 04:55 PM

Trump's tariff gambit doesn't seem to have done much for the Pennsylvania special election

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Trumpís tariff gambit doesnít seem to have done much for the Pennsylvania special election



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Trumpís tariff gambit doesnít seem to have done much for the Pennsylvania special election

By Philip Bump March 12 at 2:31 PM

Itís almost certainly not a coincidence that President Trump decided to announce new tariffs on steel imports shortly before Tuesdayís special election in southwestern Pennsylvania. The area, near Pittsburgh, is part of the Rust Belt, theoretically the sort of blue-collar industrial area that Trump sees as central to his political base. There was some speculation that Trump was announcing his planned tariffs only to boost Republican candidate Rick Sacconeís chances in Pennsylvaniaís 18th Congressional District; either way, itís clear that Trump saw the tariffs as something that would appeal to voters there.

ďA lot of steel mills are now opening up because of what I did,Ē the president said of his introduction of tariffs. This is certainly a questionable claim.

But, more broadly, itís questionable as a sales pitch. When Trump announced last year that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement, he said he was doing so because he was defending Pittsburgh, not Paris. It was a reminder that he sees Pittsburgh and the broader area around the city as though nothing had changed since the late 1970s. At the time of the announcement, we noted that manufacturing jobs in the region pale next to jobs in, for example, health care or renewable energy. Trump is making a sales pitch to a southwestern Pennsylvania that largely no longer exists.

It shouldnít be a surprise, then, that the sales pitch didnít really work. A new poll in the 18th District from Monmouth University shows that Democrat Conor Lamb has a slight lead over Saccone and that Trumpís tariffs announcement didnít do much to change that.
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Philip Bump is a correspondent for The Washington Post based in New York. Follow @pbump

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 05:20 PM

1. SMH @ the hardhat.Trump with another cringe-worthy attempt

to sell his working-class billionaire shtick. He is to manual labor what he is to comprensible English and sound eating habits.

Just keep saying racist shit, idiot. That's the ONLY reason your loyal 30% buy into your phony populism.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 05:30 PM

2. Fact is, there are very few steelworking jobs left in western Pennsylvania

... or all of PA for that matter. The time to do something would have been 1980. Better yet, the mid-70's.
It's way too late now. The steel jobs are mostly gone, the mills are torn down and other industries are here now.

I believe it's also true for the Bethlehem-Allentown area, and Lehigh Valley in eastern PA. If Cheeto thinks steel is gonna save us (and him) he's really out of touch.

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