The latest Rusmussen poll shows that President Trump’s approval rating among African-Americans is 29%. That doesn’t sound too high, but it was 15% a year ago.
If you think that trend is terrifying high level Democrats, they’ll need a change of shorts after hearing this: AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka declined to rule out endorsing Trump’s reelection. Trumka said he was concerned about “growing wage inequality” but that “we will consider every candidate who’s running in 2020.” He didn’t mention that under Trump, wages for lower income workers are growing, while the worst income inequality is in California, a state run by the same job-killing, far-left policies that would be instituted by the kind of liberal candidate the AFL-CIO usually backs.
Trumka’s demurral on denouncing Trump sent Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers and faithful Igor to the DNC, swooning to the fainting couch. Weingarten claimed that after talking to workers, it’s clear they “oppose the damage Trump is doing. Yes we want him to help steel workers but his tax giveaways to the rich, attacks on ACA, his divisiveness, his attacks on democracy & his caging of children are disqualifying.” (FYI: the grammar mistakes are those of the head of the teachers’ union.)
There’s an awful lot of partisan spin, projection and outright misinformation in that quote (the linked story goes into it), but I have a hard time believing that she actually talked to any real laborers who think that it is better to have their factories shuttered and their jobs sent overseas than to experience “divisiveness” (which requires two sides, one of which declared that it was going to “resist” and divide the nation before Trump even took office. By the way, what “attacks on democracy” have happened under Trump, other than a lot of leftists refusing to accept the results of a free and fair election and cheer for overthrowing the duly-elected President, by military coup, if necessary? But I digress.)
Trumka might want to try listening to some of his union members for a change, the ones who gave more of their votes to Trump than Romney and a whole lot fewer to Hillary than to Obama. We know that union bosses’ political decisions are often at odds with their members’ beliefs, because look at how many workers quit paying union dues when laws are changed to stop forcing them to. We keep hearing about how important it is for unions to survive, and I can see their point. I want workers to have a strong voice in negotiations with employers. But instead of trying to hold them together by force of law, how about making workers want to stay in unions by listening to them and making decisions that reflect their values and best interests, rather than those of the Democratic Party?