Almost every time Donald Trump mentioned free trade or protecting American workers from low-paid foreign competition this weekend in Illinois and Ohio, he was interrupted by protesters.
Last week, following Bernie Sanders' victory over Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic primaries, CNN analyst Van Jones said that, "an anti-free trade message is breaking through in the rust belt," and that it is "not good" for Hillary Clinton. Trump also won the Michigan primary with a strong anti-NAFTA message.
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"Right here [in Cleveland]," Trump said Saturday. "We've got on the left, you have Ford, the Ford Foundry," Trump said. "And that's moving to Mexico. And on the right you have Eaton. And that's moving to Mexico."
"It is crazy, what we're doing to our country is crazy... I'm a conservative person, but I'm in theory not so conservative on trade," he said. "Any direction I can point to, you're losing jobs, you're losing your plants. We're not going to let it happen any more."
"But your governor, I don't know if you know this, this is a tremendous problem. Your governor when he was a congressman voted for NAFTA," he said about his main opponent in the Ohio primary: Gov. John Kasich. "He's now in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is a disaster. It is going to ruin your car industry, totally ruin it, and believe me, that deal is very bad for a lot of reasons."
DONALD TRUMP: I really appreciate you being here, this is our final push. You know, all over the world they are talking about what is happening, the momentum that we have -- it is a movement.
They're calling it a movement. It is not me, it is you. I am just a messenger. People are fed up with what's going on. And by the way, they're fed up with the stupidity in Washington, they're fed up with the stupidity of trade deals and labor deals, they're fed up with the fact that they haven't had an increase in the last twelve years, if you can believe it. The middle class, the workers, aren't being taken care of in this country. We're losing our jobs, we're losing our factories, they're going to China, they're going to Mexico.
We're here, and your great mayor said to me: "Mr. Trump, right here we've got on the left you have Ford, the Ford Foundry. And that's moving to Mexico. And on the right you have Eaton. And that's moving to Mexico.
When you think of it, isn't it ridiculous? What are we doing? What are we doing it for? Who are we doing this for? For what? And then we have a protester that say oh, what are they protesting about? We want to keep our factories here, we dont want them moving to China, to Mexico, to Japan, to India, to Vietnam.
It is crazy, what we're doing to our country is crazy. You have these people, I'm a conservative person, but I'm in theory not so conservative on trade, these really stupid people. They call themselves "the Elite."
Now I don't think they're elite...--
[The first inturruption]
Get 'em out... Troublemakers, they're Bernie fans... These are Bernie people... Get 'em the hell out...
Look at the Hillary sign, look at the Hillary sign...
So we're going to stop it, we're going to stop being the stupid country... we're going to be the brilliant country... We're going to make great deals, we're going to bring back our military, we're going to take care of our vets...
We're going to have incredibly strong borders on the Southern border. We are going to have a wall. A real wall, folks.
And who's going to pay for the wall?
TRUMP: You better believe it, they're paying!
Okay, so here's the story. We have trade defecits with virtually every country we do business with. With China it is $500 billion. Think of this -- And you're losing plants over here, and you're losing a plant over there. You're losing another plant, I hear, over there. Any direction I can point to, you're losing jobs, you're losing your plants. We're not going to let it happen any more.
You have a governor who I've gotten to know, he's abandoned the state, he's lived in New Hampshire.. He moved to New Hampshire, he said he would beat me, I won in a landslide... And now he says he's going ton win Ohio. I don't think so. I really don't think so.
But your governor, I don't know if you know this, this is a tremendous problem. Your governor when he was a congressman voted for NAFTA. He was a managing director of Lehmen Brothers when it failed. It went bankrupt and almost destroyed the world [economy]. Lehmen Bros. was the beginning, of a tremendous mass destruction. and [Kasich] was a managing director of Lehmen Bros...
He's now in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It is a disaster. It is going to ruin your car industry, totally ruin it, and believe me, that deal is very bad for a lot of reasons. Number one, you shouldn't sign with that many countries. Did you know the document is almost 7,000 pages long? And nobody from our country has read it. But the other countries have all read it and they know every word, it is just another way to take advantage of jobs, manufacturing and everything else in the U.S., we're not going to let it happen anymore.
[The second interruption]
That's a Bernie person! Get him out! A Bernieeeeee person! Holds up a sign, I'm a protester, get him out. Let's do a U.S.A. chant.