Despite much talk of supporting workers, Donald Trump has done very little to follow through on this, argues E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post. Under his presidency, real hourly wages have fallen between July of 2017 and July of the following year. Trump has often talked up middle-income workers but they are losing out. His huge tax cuts mostly affected America’s richest, while incurring deficits. He is also cutting social benefits that the working class relies on the most. Ultimately, his actions are focused more on talking up identity politics instead of actually trying to improve the plight of middle-income Americans. Under him, they have suffered economically.
President Trump has been a champion of the workers, asserts Gary Bauer of the Washington Examiner. He has put much energy into preventing companies from moving their production abroad, to keep jobs in the U.S. Particularly the middle class in rural areas has been hurt by globalization and an elite that seemingly didn’t prioritize its interests. Trump has worked to stop illegal immigrants from undermining American workers with cheaper labor. It was also his policies that boosted economic growth and brought consumer confidence to an 18-year high. Trump is additionally reviewing trade practices to stop them from harming U.S. workers.