It is always a good day for the vulgarian rebel alliance when Terry O’Sullivan, Andy Stern and Richard Trumka begin having ‘splodey heads because the republican candidate has more appeal than the Democrat they are organizationally funding.
The inconvenient headline at the Huffington Post anxiously decries: “Donald Trump’s Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions“…. Oh my, the humanity.
“He starts with a different profile than George Bush or Mitt Romney. He is the first Republican in a while that has real appeal. I don’t think people looked at Mitt Romney and said, ‘He’s going to fight for me.’” – Andy Stern (former President SEIU)
Yes, the intellectually honest, and economically patriotic, union rank-and-file find more optimism within the candidacy of the Blue Collar Billionaire who has a proven track record of actually delivering positive results for union workers including jobs, wages and contracts which pay their mortgages, car payments and kid’s college tuitions.
Go figure! (sarc).
(Via Huffington Post) Over the course of five weeks, Working America, the non-union affiliate of the AFL-CIO labor federation, did extensive canvassing in union-dense, blue-collar areas of Pittsburgh and Cleveland. They called it a “front porch focus group.” The idea was simply to listen — to let likely 2016 voters sound off about their thoughts and concerns headed into the presidential election.
What they discovered, among other things, was a lot of support for Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner. For months, this enthusiastic backing of the obnoxious billionaire had generally baffled the chattering class — not to mention the GOP and Democratic establishment. But to Working America canvassers, it made plenty of sense.
“We hear the same refrains all the time,” said Karen Nussbaum, executive director of Working America, which has high membership in the Rust Belt. “That people are fed up and they’re hurting. That their families have not recovered from the recession. That every family is harboring someone still not back at work. That someone is paying rent for their brother-in-law.”
“And then a guy comes on the stage,” Nussbaum explained, “and says, ‘I’m your guy who will blow the whole thing up.’”
Trump’s pyromaniac approach to politics has earned him strong support from white, working-class voters and brought him to the cusp of winning the GOP nomination. It is an ascent that has shaken Republicans, who view the businessman as a fraud bound to splinter the party, and it’s leading Democrats and their allies to do what they do best: fret and panic. (read more)