A Hillary Clinton campaign press blast Thursday highlights comments from Republican mega-donor Paul Singer, who previously had endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president.
“Over here at Hillary for America, we heard that Donald Trump is set to deliver his second planned speech of the week on trade and the economy today,” the Clinton campaign wrote in an email titled “Here We Go Again….”
It continues to say, “So in the interest of keeping you reading, today we’re sharing a selection of reactions from across the political spectrum to Trump’s most recent attempt to talk tough on trade (short version: LOL).” (RELATED:Hillary Continues To Campaign Against Trump With The Words Of Her ‘Enemy’)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “The Washington-based lobbying group, which represents the nation’s largest corporations and business interests, is typically a reliable backer of Republican policies. But it took issue on Tuesday with Trump’s vocal opposition to international trade deals, calling his proposals “dangerous” ideas that would push the United States into another recession.”
Economic Policy Institute: “The EPI…says that Trump’s account of what has happened to American workers in recent decades is simplistic in the extreme…and that Trump’s actual prescriptions fall laughably short of what needs to be done to help those workers.”
Edward Alden, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations: “The problem is his responses are going to make things much worse.”
Greg Sargent, Washington Post: “Trump is selling American workers a highly simplistic, anachronistic tale that doesn’t level with them about the likelihood of reversing trends in globalization and automation that are partly responsible for workers’ current plight. I would add an important point: Clinton is offering these workers substantially more than Trump is.”
Paul Singer, hedge fund executive & GOP donor: “The most impactful of the economic policies that I recall him coming out for are these anti-trade policies…And I think if he actually stuck to those policies and gets elected president, it’s close to a guarantee of a global depression, widespread global depression.”
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: “Yesterday, Donald Trump was reading a teleprompter, telling us about a future of trade wars and international chaos wrought by the United States renouncing treaty obligations; Hillary Clinton was attempting to lay out a technology platform. … Clinton understands that the issue of the moment is the dislocation, anxiety and even anger associated with globalism and a modern tech economy. And she is correct to make this election, like every election, about the future.”
Matthew Yglesias, Vox: Donald Trump’s trade policies can’t bring back the manufacturing jobs
Paul Singer has come out strongly against Trump. He said Thursday, “The most impactful of the economic policies that I recall him coming out for are these anti-trade policies and I think if he actually stuck to those policies and gets elected president, it’s close to a guarantee of a global depression, widespread global depression.”
Singer has previously given a six-figure donation to a George Soros-backed group that pushes for immigration reform.
The U.S Chamber of Commerce, mentioned in the email, is also a large supporter of the Republican Party, and spent more than $35 million on midterm elections in 2014. Trump attacked the group Wednesday at a rally saying, “They’re a special interest that wants to have the deals that they want to have. They want to have T.P.P., the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the worst deals, and it’ll be the worst deal since NAFTA.”
“The U.S. Chamber represents American businesses of all sizes from across the country, who recognize that free trade agreements, like the T.P.P., are an important way to accelerate economic growth and spur job creation in the U.S.,” a spokeswoman from the group said in response.