Iowans protest "reckless" Trump at Des Moines stop
"We do not think that Trump shares Iowa values"
DES MOINES — Hillary Clinton supporters gathered outside GOP rival Donald Trump’s Friday venue to denounce his “perpetual” attacks and question whether his “reckless” economic policies will help working Iowans.
“We do not think that Trump shares Iowa values,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller told a news conference near the Iowa Events Center where about 3,000 Iowans later rallied with Trump and running mate Mike Pence. “He’s on the attack almost perpetually. Those are not things that we do in Iowa. Those are not Iowa values.”
Miller joined representatives of labor and education in touting Clinton’s economic plan to grow businesses and create jobs while decrying Trump’s opposition to the federal minimum wage, his outsourcing of his business products, and his refusal to release his tax returns.
John Herrig, president of Iowa State Council of Machinists, said Clinton would invest in manufacturing and crack down on trade abuses as president by making companies that move overseas pay an exit tax and requiring them to pay back any government breaks they had previously received.
Erich Schmidt, Iowa Laborers’ political director, said he was encouraged by Friday’s report that the U.S. economy had added 255,000 jobs last month and unemployment stood at 4.9 percent nationwide.
“After attending countless union meetings, our membership has expressed concern that America is already great and that we do not need to take a step backward,” Schmidt said. “To us, the choice is obvious. Donald Trump is erratic, reckless and ill-tempered. If we put him in charge of managing our economy with no specific details on how he will improve it, he could cost our country millions of jobs.”
Miller said Trump is attempting to appeal to working Americans and Reagan Democrats but he said the GOP presidential nominee likely would be “the most anti-trade” and “anti-immigrant” the country has seen, adding “I think a Trump presidency would be a great disappointment for working-class people.”
“He doesn’t have the plan and he doesn’t have the vision to help them,” added Miller. “He’s promising things that he cannot possibly do, including the politics of nostalgia that he’ll return things to previous years.”
Demonstrators in attendance held up signs that declared “Trump: Outsourcer in Chief,” “Baby Hate,” “Not Him” and “Get that baby out of here — Donald J. Trump” as a backdrop to the speakers. A few miles away, members of the Iowa CCI Action Fund paid for an electronic billboard near the Des Moines Airport that read: “Iowans Deserve Better: Dump Trump” to illustrate their opposition to the GOP candidate and his positions.