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At a rally held at a closed New Hampshire Osram Sylvania light-bulb factory on Thursday, Donald Trump continued his practice of paying back-handed homage to Mexico during his trade-focused speech.
Only this time, something was different.
The back-handed homage started with Trump telling the crowd, “Mexico, and I respect Mexico, I respect their leaders, what they’ve done to us is incredible. Their leaders are so much smarter, so much sharper. And it’s incredible.”
Then, when a plane flew overhead, Trump took it as a perfect opportunity to accent his point with a joke.
Pointing to the sky, he said, “In fact, that could be a Mexican plane up there. They’re getting ready to attack. So that’s the way it is, folks. I just want to say that this is a factory, and the legacy really of Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton because this legacy is largely due, you could actually say entirely due, to NAFTA.”
Trump’s speeches of late have often been at shuttered plants lost to outsourcing and globalization, further driving home his theme of protecting and growing America’s manufacturing base as well as Hillary and Bill Clinton’s complicit role in bad trade deals that have resulted in so many lost American jobs.
“It’s not very hard to explain. It’s not very hard to understand. What is difficult is to figure out why people did this — why,” Trump said before drawing attention to all the jobs lost because of trade normalization with China and bad trade deals like NAFTA. “You know, we have expansion plans in this country, we have all sorts of plans, but there’s no expansion. We have job losses and other countries have massive expansion.”
Speaking of trade deficits America faces with other countries, Trump drew attention to Japan, which sends “us millions of cars. We send them beef.”
Mexico had best take heed. Japan already tried the plane attack thing and it didn’t work out so well.
Video: Trump sees a plane overhead, says "That could be a Mexican plane up there—they’re getting ready to attack." https://t.co/ryWXqnrMgx
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 30, 2016
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