Donald Trump told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that letting American companies such as Carrier move their operations and jobs to cheaper countries without
facing penalties wasn't free trade, it was "dumb trade." Such statements are driving Paul Krugman and his fellow liberal pundits up the (yet-to-be-built great Trump) wall.
But here's the thing: These very same folks have been cheering on even cruder economic nationalism from their own side.
Remember when Obama and his Treasury Secretary Jack Lew accused Burger King of insufficient patriotism when it "inverted" to Canada by merging with Tim Horton to avoid America's ridiculously high corporate taxes? Liberals didn't tell the duo to knock it off. In fact, I note:
Many of them didn't want the president to simply stop at just bullying from the bully pulpit. They wanted him to do whatever it took to "halt inversions in their tracks" — including executive action if Congress refused to play ball.
Ditto for a lot of Hillary's reactionary trade proposals. But the man who gets the biggest pass from liberals is their darling Bernie Sanders. Since losing, he has proposed one of the most bone-chilling pieces of anti-trade legislations in living memory.
And how have liberals reacted to Bernie? By dumping on Trump.
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