Trucking co. owner tells CNN he’s ‘100 percent’ voting Trump in 2020 despite ‘trade wars’, and he’s far from alone

With CNN emphasizing “the president’s trade wars,” and how this is taking a toll on the trucking industry and its drivers, network reporter Martin Savidge spoke with a trucking company owner.

But Mark Zimmerman, owner and chief operating officer of the Pennsylvania-based Zimmerman Truck Lines, wasn’t deterred in his support of President Donald Trump.

“I am 100 percent certain I’m voting for President Trump in 2020,” Zimmerman told the CNN reporter.

 

In the segment, CNN reported that trucking rates are down as much as 17 percent.

“The reason, in part, the president’s trade wars,” the anti-Trump network reported. “With fewer goods like steel and electronics coming into U.S. ports, fewer trucks are needed to move them.”

(U.S. steelmakers made more than 95 million tons of steel in 2018, the most since 2007, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.)

Zimmerman did acknowledge that his revenues are down 8 percent from last year.

“Do you in any way feel that [Trump’s] the man responsible for the trade war and the setback you’ve been dealt?” Savidge asked, in a loaded question.

“It has an effect on our business, yes,” the owner replied. “But I don’t blame him for it.”

CNN pointed out that they were in Juniata County, Pennsylvania, which is just north of Harrisburg, and that President Trump received 79 percent of the vote there.

Savidge interviewed other locals, only to find the same steadfast support for Trump and his policies — it’s not hard to imagine the hope was to encounter a groundswell of defectors.

“Getting back to the issue of trade, it might seem counter-intuitive that if the president’s policies have a negative impact on his constituents that they would like him,” Savidge reported. “Or perhaps, even like him more.”

“Yet that’s the case here,” he said in conclusion. “And it all comes down to perception they don’t see the president as failing — they see him as fighting for America and for them.”

The Washington Examiner reported that in Michigan, another key swing state, it’s pretty much the same deal.

Interviewing “one of millions of so-called lost voters whom Trump coaxed back to the voting booth in 2016,” the newspaper said voters are still excited about voting for Trump.

That voter, Robert Rasch, effectively sees the president in the same light as the folks in Pennsylvania do — that being that Trump is a fighter.

“For somebody to stand up and run for president that has no political background, that’s a set of brass,” Rasch said.

He noted that small local industrial shops closed just a few years ago are now open for business, saying he has already decided to vote for Trump again in 2020.

“He’s making a change for the good for everybody, Rasch said. “I think he’s growing on people here.”

And the excitement is palpable, as Rasch pointed out a display case featuring red hats that says, “TRUMP: Elect That MF’er again! 2020.”

“One gentleman came in and asked us to print that Trump hat,” he told the paper. “The hats sold like crazy. And the guy’s been in numerous times and re-ordered. It’s been a big seller.”

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