Politics

AFL-CIO to Working Class: Trump is Not Your Friend

New ad shows Trump decrying high wages and bragging that he's "really rich"

The nation's largest federation of labor unions has released an ad calling Donald Trump no friend of the working man, possibly to counter his appeal among white, blue-collar voters.  

An ad from the AFL-CIO shows Trump saying wages are too high, talking about his father giving him a million dollar loan, and bragging that he is "really rich."   

Trump's rise to the top of the Republican presidential ticket has been fueled by overwhelming support among working-class, white voters.  

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Like labor unions, Trump has been critical of free trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  

In January, a study released by Working America , an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, showed that among voters in working-class neighborhoods outside the Rust Belt cities of Cleveland and Pittsburgh who had already decided on a candidate, a third of them supported Trump.  

Most of the major labor unions have backed either Democrats Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders , while the AFL-CIO has held off on a formal endorsement so far.  

Contact Garcia at EricGarcia@cqrollcall.com and follow him on Twitter @EricMGarcia.

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