Not surprisingly, many die hard Democrats are leaving their party refusing to support Hillary Clinton for president and are not only voting for Donald Trump, they are actively lobbying for him. They call themselves the “Trumpocrats,” and they are utterly disgusted with Hillary Rodham Clinton.
According to Breitbart, Christian Rickers, the Virginia-based executive director of the Trumpocrats PAC—a Super PAC designed to help his like-minded lifelong Democrats abandon the sinking Democratic ship due to Hillary Clinton’s nomination and join the Trump movement—walked Breitbart News through why he is leading the effort among Democrats who support Trump for president.
Rickers’ argument centers on trade policy, and Trump’s ardent opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) that Clinton supported publicly more than 40 times but now claims she opposes. He points back to Bill Clinton’s backing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) from his time as president, and Rickers says Democrats everywhere should be terrified of how much further Hillary Clinton would go if she’s elected president.
Rickers said in a phone interview:
I’m a lifelong Democrat, really since I was a little kid, and I still am a Democrat. But the Clintons—for instance, where I am from, my hometown, when I was a kid we had 15 manufacturing plants and we now have one. Nobody does anything there anymore, and that’s the same thing happening in a lot of small towns across the country really. The Clintons are really the cause of this, the cause of manufacturing going overseas with NAFTA and the trade deals and all of that. Donald Trump, he says a lot of crazy sh*t, but the one thing that he does say, that he really does want to do something about that and that he wants to protect our people with better trade policies and new trade policies.
On the Trumpocrats PAC website is a video of David “Mudcat” Saunders, another lifelong Democrat, talking with Fox News.
“I’m a Democrat,” Saunders, who worked for many prominent national Democrats over his career, says in the interview video. “I believe in the two founding principles of Jacksonian Democracy, social justice and economic fairness. Right now, I think that the Democratic Party—my great party—has got away from some of this.”
At the end of the video is the clear statement: Saunders is voting for Trump and he’s calling on his fellow Democrats to do the same.
THE CORE ARGUMENT
If Hillary Clinton is elected, and not Donald Trump, Rickers says that income inequality—and particularly the “gap” between “the rich and the poor” will get worse. Clinton’s refusal to focus on issues that matter to middle class Americans of all political stripes—including Democrats—is why Rickers is calling on Democrats nationwide to join him in a push to elect Donald Trump president of the United States. Rickers said:
Otherwise, the gap is going to continue to increase between the rich and the poor because a lot of people don’t have the ability now to rise up whether they’re underemployed or facing hard times. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is talking about Planned Parenthood or whatever—which is all great, but that’s not what we need.
We need people to be self-sufficient and feed their families. Trump speaks to that, and there are people all across this country who are fed up with it—obviously, that’s what this election is kind of all about. You have party registrations switching by the tens of thousands in Ohio and Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and there’s a lot of people—they don’t want to be Republicans, but they don’t like either party anymore. We’re going to give them a place or organize out of, you know? A home, if you will.
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS: IT’S THE ECONOMY STUPID
When asked about Clinton’s supposed opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership—she previously supported it more than 40 times, but now claims to be against it as voters rebel against the deal—Rickers laughed.
“That’s just ridiculous,” Rickers said. “She is one of the architects of the complete opposite position. This woman will say anything if she thinks she’ll get a vote or money for it.”
And he said “hell no, absolutely no” he does not believe that Hillary Clinton is against the TPP.
“No way,” Rickers said. “And she’ll say something different when she’s in front of another group. Do you think she was saying that when she was being paid $250,000 a speech on Wall Street? No. And she doesn’t want anybody to know what she said there.”
As for Trump, Rickers said he believes Trump on the issue of trade.
“At least during this campaign—I know he’s said a lot of things in a lot of different directions, but he’s been pretty consistent that that is the foundation of his campaign, to rebuild the infrastructure of the country,” Rickers said. “I just wish he wouldn’t get distracted all the time and just talk about the main issue of his campaign, which is the rebuilding of the country.”
On the Trumpocrats PAC website are videos of many other Democrats switching parties to vote for Trump. David Abbott, a lifelong Democratic Party member and former local councilman from Kentucky, switched parties to vote for Trump.
“The system we have now is not working,” Abbott said in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. “We’re over $16 trillion in debt. And I feel Mr. Trump can come and get us better deals, can work out–he’s a businessman. He’s been there, and I believe he can do that. I don’t want my children, David and Erica, to grow up in a world of debt all their lives. So I feel like Mr. Trump working deals, especially with the companies that are going overseas and bringing things back to sell here, we just want to be fair. It’s got to be fair.”
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