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Somebody Should Tell Democrats They’ve Become the Free Trade Party

Posted March 13, 2018

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Ronald Brownstein – CNN)

Nothing better illustrates the Democratic Party’s inability to adapt to the changing nature of its political coalition than the party’s paralysis in the fierce debate over President Donald Trump’s sweeping new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

While the tariffs Trump announced last week have ignited fierce blowback from a wide array of congressional Republicans and business groups usually allied with the party, Democrats have been almost entirely tongue-tied on the issue.

Only a tiny handful of Democrats – including former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and three House members who lead a centrist Democrat task force on trade – have joined Republicans and a wide array of economists in warning that the tariffs could cost more jobs than they create and risk a broader trade war. Click here to read more.